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The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lydia Purcell
Total time 15 mins
Yield Makes 12 appetizer servings
Give a subtle nod to the Halloween classic "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and serve this sharp-cheddar cheese ball with a pepper kick.

Ingredients

  • 2 (10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded*
  • 1 8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf
  • Crackers and assorted vegetables

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth pumpkin's entire surface with metal spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips. Press pretzel into top of cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin stem; place muscadine vine and leaf beside pretzel. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables.

  2. *Extra-sharp Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

  3. Note: We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap, without stem, vine, or leaf, and store in refrigerator up to two days. Attach stem, vine, and leaf before serving.