Friday, September 9, 2016

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball..... Farmer Approved

Fall entertaining might be my favorite. Easy, rustic (ish) food and décor... Chili, hayrides, bonfires, pumpkins, mums, ciders... and pumpkin shaped cheese balls..... It's all so perfect. And Fall on the farm is always my favorite. We are closing in on our first week of Harvest here. Things are going great and running smoothly, let's hope that continues for the next... month and a half.

If I am hosting an event in the fall or even attending an gathering where I bring a side dish I always make this cheese ball - my farmer always requests it... And if you do one thing during Harvest I promise you, it is to always keep your farmer happy.

Back to the cheese ball.... so very easy and yet so festive and yummy.

Soften cream cheese at room temperature. Add chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese and a splash or two of Worcestershire sauce. Mix thoroughly. (This time I has some fresh dill so I added that - it was a delicious addition.) With these ingredients I promise, you can't go wrong.

Shape into a pumpkin shape. Basically make into a ball and flatten it a little bit.

Now - this is what actually makes wit look like a pumpkin. Those cheddar stripes that run diagonally- I use string cheese... Make sure that it is softened s it gives a little bit more and doesn't break. Also I have found it works best when its sliced very thin... Add 6-8 of them, depending on the size of your cheese ball and your preference.

Top it with either a large pretzel (my preference) or several pretzel sticks if that's what you have (like I did)...

For just a little extra garnish. I used my leaf shaped pie crust cutters that I got from Williams Sonoma (find them here) add a little bit of food coloring to get them their best fall leaf color and bake for just a couple of minutes. It's not necessary to purchase these for your cheese ball, but I do promise that you will use them all the time... (Pies, Brie cheese, etc...)

Pile on the crackers....

Now you are ready to host a fall party....

2 blocks of cream cheese
1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bunch of green onions
2-3 string cheeses
pie crust dough for leaf garnishment
It's officially Harvest here, so my weekly Harvest recipes will be starting again.... Some repeat favorites from last year and some new ones that I'm excited about as well... 

Molly dog, my evening companion while my farmer is in the field..


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