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Easy Spicy Cheese Ball – Recipe!

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Cheese Balls were a favorite appetizer back in the 1970’s when I was a kid.  I remember my mother putting together a mixture of cheeses in a round shape and rolling them in chopped nuts.  I don’t think the cheese ball ever went out of style, especially around holiday time.  There’s nothing better than to start a party with a fun shaped cheesy sphere with a nice cocktail or glass of wine.

In this recipe, I use a fresh red jalapeno with chopped chives to give the cheese ball a kick of heat and a bit more flavor.  Freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, along with cream cheese makes a great smooth texture and creamy flavor.   I shaped this cheese ball into a pumpkin for a fun festive look during the fall season.  This recipe is super simple to put together and serves dozens of people — great for a Thanksgiving crowd.

Ingredients

1 red jalapeno

3 scallions or a bunch of fresh chives

2 – 8 ounces packages of cream cheese, room temperature

1 pound sharp cheddar cheese

pretzel rod, optional

salt

pepper

(Serves 10-20 people)

To Prepare:

1.  Dice the jalapeno finely, including the seeds.  Thinly slice the green part of the scallions or chives.

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2.  In a food processor, add the packages of cream cheese and puree until smooth, about 1 minute.

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3.  Add the diced jalapeno and chives to the cream cheese mixture.

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4.  Grate the cheddar cheese and add it to the cream cheese mixture.

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5.  Puree the mixture until mostly smooth, about 2 minutes.  Remove the cheese ball mixture from the food processor and place in a bowl.  Shape the cheese mixture into ball form and chill at least 3 hours.

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6.  Remove the cheese ball from the bowl and shape into a pumpkin using the handle of a large wooden spoon, place a pretzel rod down the center.  You can leave the cheese ball in round form too!  Enjoy!

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