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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

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This pumpkin cheese ball is exactly what you need this fall! It's made with pumpkin puree, goat cheese, white cheddar, and cream cheese with perfectly paired spices and herbs. It's so cute sitting on a autumn festive table!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

It's officially spooky season, and I could not be more excited. I LOVE holiday cooking. This pumpkin cheese ball is a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!

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PUMPKIN-Y, CHEESY, & ADDICTING

I knew that I wanted to create a cheese ball that was in the shape of a pumpkin. I LOVE CHEESE. It didn't make much sense to me for the cheese to be pumpkin-shaped but not contain any pumpkin. So I went into my lab to find the best savory flavors that pair well with pumpkin. Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I think I nailed it. The strong flavors of the goat cheese, white cheddar, and Dijon mustard get balanced out perfectly with the addition of pumpkin puree and honey. The sage, thyme, and cayenne pair great with pumpkin flavor. And the slightly carmelized onions.. oh my goodness. SO GOOD. This cheese ball definitely holds the flavor of fall within. Oh, and it's absolutely adorable!


PUMPKIN CHEESE BALL INGREDIENTS

Butter + Onion + Garlic: The best combination to ever exist? Possibly so. I slowly cook the onions in butter for about 15-20 minutes so they become golden and delicious.

Cream Cheese: The not-so-secret ingredient that is in every dip and for a good reason. It adds flavor and allows all the ingredients to bind together.

Pumpkin Puree: A pumpkin-shaped cheese ball without pumpkin sounds crazy to me. Never had a savory pumpkin recipe? Don't knock it until you try it. Pumpkin goes great with strong cheese and nuts. I use canned pumpkin puree, but you could also use homemade puree as well.

Dijon mustard: Dijon adds a bit of a kick to this cheese ball and pairs great with the pumpkin.

Honey: I love honey and cheese. This small amount of honey adds just a bit of sweetness.

Spices & Dried Herbs: Cayenne, Nutmeg, Allspice, Thyme, Sage, Kosher salt

Goat Cheese: I love the strong flavor of goat cheese with the pumpkin. They compliment each other really well.

White Cheddar: Pumpkin and white cheddar may be my go-to pairing this fall. Freshly grated is best.

Walnuts: I grind the walnuts so they are easier to put on the cheese ball and so the pumpkin shape is still recognizable.


HOW TO MAKE A PUMPKIN CHEESE BALL

First step to tackle is browning the onions. In 2 tablespoons of butter, cook the diced onion over medium-low heat in a skillet, stirring occasionally. Within about 15-20 minutes, the onions should start to become golden. Once golden brown, add in minced garlic and cook about 30 seconds until fragrant. Remove from heat to cool.

Caramelized Onions Cheese Ball

In a large bowl, combine softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, cooled onions/garlic mixture, Dijon mustard, honey and spices/dried herbs (cayenne pepper, nutmeg, allspice, dried thyme, dried sage, and Kosher salt) until well blended.

Pumpkin Puree Cheese Ball

Stir in crumbled goat cheese and shredded white cheddar cheese.

White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Using oiled hands, shape mixture into a ball.

Goat Cheese Ball

Roll the cheese ball in a bowl of grounded walnuts until fully covered.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball with Walnuts

Wrap the cheese ball in plastic wrap. To make the cheese ball into a pumpkin shape, place 3-4 thick rubber bands around the plastic-wrapped cheese ball (see picture below).

Cheese Ball in the shape of a pumpkin

Allow cheese ball to rest in the fridge for at least an hour. When ready to serve, remove rubber bands and plastic wrap. I use a broken pretzel rod for the stem, but you could use many things for the stem such as a celery stick or bell pepper stem.



Pumpkin Cheese Ball Halloween Recipe

WHAT TO EAT WITH PUMPKIN CHEESE BALL

• Any type of cracker pairs great with cheese balls. Tortilla chips, pretzels, and vegetables such as carrots, bell pepper slices, and cellery are also great options.

Fall Sangria; Who doesn't like wine with cheese. Try out this fall sangria for a perfect pairing!

Halloween Roaches- Goat Cheese & Proscuitto Dates; If you're making this pumpkin cheese ball for a Halloween get-together, these delicious halloween roaches would look great beside it on the spooky table.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball with Goat Cheese

PUMPKIN CHEESE BALL: FAQs

Pumpkin and cheese together?!
Yes! It's delicious. The acidity of the goat cheese is nicely balanced out by the sweetness of the pumpkin and honey. Same goes for the strong flavor of the white cheddar and Dijon. Gruyere would also work in this cheese ball as well.

How long is the cheese ball good for?
A properly stored pumpkin cheese ball wrapped tightly in plastic or in an air-tight container, it should last about a week in the fridge!

Why does this recipe work?
The golden brown onions, butter, garlic, Dijon, cayenne, nutmeg, allspice, dried thyme, dried sage, goat cheese, and white cheddar all are great savory ingredients the counterbalance and pair with the sweetness of the pumpkin. I add a bit of honey in as well to play a little more on the sweetness notes. Walnuts pair well with pumpkin and cheese so I chose them to cover the cheese ball. Lastly, the cream cheese is our binder that helps everything stay together and allows it to be creamy.


For this recipe:

Halloween Recipes Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This pumpkin cheese ball is exactly what you need this fall! It's made with pumpkin puree, goat cheese, white cheddar, and cream cheese with perfectly paired spices and herbs. It's so cute sitting on a autumn festive table!

By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Resting Time: 1 hour | Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

• 2 Tablespoons butter
• 1 yellow onion, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 4 ounces (~ 1/2 cup) pumpkin puree
• 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1 Tablespoon honey
• 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
• 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/8 teaspoon allspice
• 8 ounces (~ 2 cups) white cheddar cheese, shredded
• 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
• 4 ounces (~ 1 cup) walnuts, ground

Instructions

1. In a skillet or saucepan, cook butter and onions over medium heat until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Once golden brown, add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine cooled onion/garlic mixture, softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, Dijon mustard, honey, spices, and dried herbs until well combined.
3. Stir in goat cheese and white cheddar cheese.
4. With oiled hands, form mixture into a ball.
5. Add ground walnuts into a bowl and roll cheese ball in the walnuts until fully covered. Wrap the cheese ball tightly in plastic wrap. With 3-4 thick rubber bands, wrap them around the cheese ball to form the pumpkin shape (see picture above).
6. Let the cheese ball rest in the fridge for at least an hour. When ready to serve, remove rubber bands and plastic wrap and add a stem. I like to use a broken pretzel rod for a stem, but you can also use celery or a bell pepper stem.

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Category: Appetizers & Snacks, Halloween, Fall, Vegetarian Cuisine: American

Keywords: cheese ball, pumpkin cheese ball, cheese appetizer, halloween recipe

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Bon appétit!

October 1, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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