Halloween Cheese Ball Appetizer

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Whether you’re throwing a spooky soiree and need a Halloween cheese ball or celebrating the arrival of fall (good bye, summer heat!) at a friend’s, this pumpkin cheese ball is the perfect appetizer (just like my Pinecone Cheese Ball). With cheddar and cream cheese (and did I mention the adorable pumpkin shape!?), it goes with just about anything! Crackers, veggies, bread, pita chips, pretzels, you name it and it will taste good. You can also totally customize it to your flavor preferences (check out the list below), so make it for your next fall cheese board! 

Need other Halloween ideas? Try Halloween Cheese Board, Halloween Muffin Tin Board, and Halloween Candy Board.

For more autumnal ideas, check out my Fall Harvest Salad, Elevated Fall Cheese Board, Fall Burrata Board, Fall Dessert Board, Whipped Burrata Dip, Thanksgiving Turkey Board, and Thanksgiving Snack Board.

halloween cheese ball appetizer

How to Make a Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated cheddar cheese, divided 
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bell pepper, stem removed

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1 cup shredded cheese until thoroughly combined. (See below for more ingredient options!)
  • Using your hands, shape the mixture into a ball, then coat in the remaining shredded cheese to cover the outside of the cheese ball.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap continuing to shape into a round ball.
  • Wrap twine around the cheese ball four times (or use 4 large rubber bands) tightly around the wrapped cheese ball to shape into a pumpkin. Refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  • Remove the twine and plastic wrap.
  • Press bell pepper stem into the top of the cheese ball where all the lines intersect.

Pro tip: To avoid food waste, slice your pepper and serve on the side to scoop up cheese! Yum. 

Video How-To

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🎃🧀Pumpkin Cheese Ball 🧀🎃 @ainttooproudtomeg #foodtok #learnfromme #feedfeed #cheesetok INGREDIENTS: * 2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, room temperature * 1 1/2 cups finely grated cheddar cheese, divided  * Kosher salt * Freshly ground black pepper * 1 bell pepper, stem removed * See below for suggested fillings FILLINGS: This recipe is pretty mild–perfect for kids (see it on my Cinderella Board), so if you want to add more flavor try some of these mix-ins: * Crumbled bacon * Chopped jalapeño * Olives * Garlic & parmesan * Sliced scallions * Lump crab meat  * Spinach & artichoke * Chopped pimento * Chopped chives DIRECTIONS: * In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1 cup shredded cheese until thoroughly combined. (See below for more ingredient options!) * Using your hands, shape the mixture into a ball, then coat in the remaining shredded cheese to cover the outside of the cheese ball. * Transfer the mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap continuing to shape into a round ball. * Wrap twine around the cheese ball four times (or use 4 large rubber bands) tightly around the wrapped cheese ball to shape into a pumpkin. Refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours and up to overnight. * Remove the twine and plastic wrap. * Press bell pepper stem into the top of the cheese ball where all the lines intersect. Pro tip: To avoid food waste, slice your pepper and serve on the side to scoop up cheese! Yum

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Other Cheese Ball Fillings

This recipe is pretty mild–perfect for kids (see it on my Cinderella Board), so if you want to add more flavor try some of these mix-ins:

  • Crumbled bacon
  • Chopped jalapeño
  • Olives
  • Garlic & parmesan
  • Sliced scallions
  • Lump crab meat 
  • Spinach & artichoke
  • Chopped pimento
  • Chopped chives

Show Me Your Apps

I hope this post inspires you to make this recipe. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the beautiful spreads and snacks you create from my tips. If you make something inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttooproudtomeg so I can see and share! 

And, If you liked this recipe, please rate and review.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Description

Make this holiday cheese ball and wow your guests at your halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 8oz blocks cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated cheddar cheese divided
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bell pepper stem removed

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1 cup shredded cheese until thoroughly combined.
  • Using your hands, shape the mixture into a ball, then coat in the remaining shredded cheese to cover the outside of the cheese ball.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap continuing to shape into a round ball.
  • Wrap twine around the cheese ball four times (or use 4 large rubber bands) tightly around the wrapped cheese ball to shape into a pumpkin. Refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  • Remove the twine and plastic wrap. Press bell pepper stem into the top of the cheese ball where all the lines intersect.
  • If you want to add some more flavor, check out the mix-ins in the blog post!
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2 Reviews

  1. Diana wrote:

    Thankyou! Looking forward to making this to take to Thanksgiving dinner this year.

    Posted 9.26.22 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      Wahoo! let me know what you think. I always appreciate ratings on my recipes. I hope you love it! And be sure to check out the various flavor options above.

      Posted 9.28.22 Reply