Hallowed Eve Cheese Pumpkin

Don't just settle for a typical appetizer. Mix things up this Halloween and serve this hauntingly-good cheese pumpkin masterpiece to your party guests.

Yield: Serves 10 to 15

Ingredients

  • 2 8-oz. pkgs. shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce container chive and onion cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 stalk broccoli, top removed
  • Garnish: finely chopped parsley, seeds such as poppy, sesame and fennel
  • assorted crackers

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients except broccoli and crackers. Shape mixture to resemble a pumpkin. Trim broccoli stalk, if needed, and press lightly into the top of the pumpkin for a stem. Use a knife to make vertical lines down the sides of the cheese ball. Press seeds into the side of the pumpkin for texture. Serve with crackers.
Note:

Presenting the food is just as much fun as making it! When making your cheese ball pumpkin, set it on a pedestal plate and tuck fall leaves under the plate for an autumnal look.

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