Pumpkin Cheese Ball

I make these each Fall and they are always a big hit.  People are reluctant to cut into them.

You can use any cheese ball recipe you like but this one is particularly good.  Add an 8 ounce block of cream cheese to your food processor.  Add 2 cups of shredded cheddar, a bunch of green onions, 3 cloves of minced garlic, some black pepper and salt.

Add 1 whole jar of Major Grey's Chutney.  This is the key to this recipe. Process until combined.

Line a small bowl with plastic wrap.

Push the cheese down to press out air bubbles.

Pull the plastic wrap up to cover the cheese.

You can see how it is pressed in the bowl. Refrigerate it overnight.

Turn it out onto a plate.

Split up another bar of cream cheese and tint it orange, yellow, green and brown.

Spread the orange cream cheese to cover the cheese ball.  Spray it with cooking spray and add bits of the other colors molding and smoothing as you go until you have something that closely resembles a pumpkin.

Trim a broccoli stalk to look like the stem and press it into the middle.  Lay some of the broccoli leaves on too.

The party was a huge success and lots of fun.  A few people had a little too much fun which centered around the Can Can martinis we served.  I have to sort through all of the pics but I will be posting them over the next couple of days along with recipes including the one for the martinis.  If I suddenly disappear, you will know I have been blown off continent by hurricane Sandy.  It is heading straight toward us with predictions of 6-8 inches of rain and winds up to 80 MPH. I am keeping my broom handy to ride the wind waves when they come.  Look to the skies on Halloween to see me!


Glad the party was great. And glad it was last night (Sat.). Before 'Sandy', etc.

If much power goes out, will Halloween have to be cancelled? -pout- I can't imagine many Trick or Treaters going out, if everything is in pitch DARK.


Patty Woodland said…
Stay safe my friend. I am hoping my family down the shore gets out of the way but my brothers are stubborn
Britt-Arnhild said…
I have never tried anything like this. Makes my mouth water :-)
Anonymous said…
thats a beautiful cheese ball and so clever !!!! If the wind catches that broom, stop in and see me, you're welcome anytime, I welcome all broom travelers to dock here in a storm.
Guillaume said…
This looks so good. I am too lazy to do it tonight (and I don't have the ingredients), but you inspired me to do a mash.
Megs said…
I made this the last time you posted it and everyone loved it!
Stay safe! Here in Hershey, we are running around getting ready, too.
Sounds like an awesome party! And no hurricane is a match for you on your broom.
Neat cheese ball recipe!

Oh, and I will, look for you in the sky.
annie said…
that looks wonderful! chutney??
please stay safe as you can! hug Teddy!
Anonymous said…
Remember a circle of salt will protect you..from..something. :) Be safe.
Barb said…
So glad your party was a success!! I'll be looking for you on Halloween!
Nellie said…
Sending wishes for your safety!
Chatty Crone said…
That pumpkin cheese ball is adorable. I am here from Mona's - she is a great gal.
Cute cheese ball! Keep safe! Sandy's supposed to hit us around 2:00 am!
Nar said…
The broccoli stem is brilliant! Ive seen pumpkin cheese balls with pineapple preserves, but I prefer the chutney. I do believe I will try this recipe soon. As always, thank you for the great recipes and the fantastic photos!
So creative - beautiful and fun!
What a cute and creative idea, Joyce! I am glad the party was a success, but then of course it would be!!
I am so concerned about your home and yard..all those trees and ...did you have a way to protect the fish? Do you have to evacuate and leave your home? WHERE are you in reference to the Hurricanes path?? Can you tell us?