Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Appetizer: Pumpkin Cheese Ball

With Halloween just a few days away, many of you may be scrambling to find some last minute treats to take to those ghoulish parties you've committed to attending. Last year we had an office pot luck, and my contribution was this festive pumpkin cheese ball. It's quick, easy and screams Halloween!


Halloween Ham & Cheese Ball

(Adapted from Flying on Jess Fuel)
INGREDIENTS
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese
2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
5 Slices of deli ham or bacon (any kind will work)
1 (3 3/8oz) bag of nacho cheese Doritos
1 stem of a green bell pepper
Garlic Powder to taste
Flatbread crisps (or cracker of choice)
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place both packages of cream cheese into a microwave safe bowl. Warm for just a few seconds, just enough to soften, making it easier to manage. (do not over heat)
2. Add the softened cream cheese in a food processor along with the shredded cheese.
3. Dice the ham into small chunks and add to the food processor, adjusting the amount of ham to your preference. 
4. Add a teaspoon or so of garlic powder to the mixture and blend until mixed well.
5. Scrape the mixture out of the processor onto a cutting board and form a round ball. Wrap up the ball well in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
6. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator just before serving.  Leaving the Doritos in the bag, crush them up into tiny pieces. Pour them onto a plate and roll the cheese ball around coating the entire ball.
7. Cut the stem off of the bell pepper and place it on top of the cheese ball.


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