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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

on November 20, 2015

Today a northwest wind is howling through our trees, bringing cooler temperatures and a few snow flurries. The time has come for our beloved change of seasons here in Minnesota. I absolutely love the change and I don’t think I could ever live where there would be none. We’ve been spoiled with an amazing fall – beautiful blue skies and warmer than normal temperatures – but I’m pretty sure it’s over. The change from fall to winter is when we get to enjoy the fruits of our summer labor. It’s time to get cozy, sit by the fire, enjoy the upcoming holidays, and be with friends and family. I have made today’s recipe many times over the years. It’s a little bit different from the Cheese Ball that I’ve posted about in the past. This Pumpkin Cheese Ball is really delicious.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This is a great appetizer or snack for your thanksgiving gatherings!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Pumpkin Cheese Ball


8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin

Mix until well blended.

Stir in:

1 package (2.5 ounce) smoked, sliced beef, chopped

2 cups (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained

1 Tablespoon onion, chopped

Form into large ball.

Score sides to resemble pumpkin.

Cut a piece of celery for the stem.


Don’t forget to soften the cream cheese when mixing it with the pumpkin or it will get lumpy.


I love these ingredients – just a bit different.


Blend it all together.


It’s got that beautiful pumpkin color, too!


I like to put it onto a piece of plastic wrap, then make it a ball and put it into the frig to chill. It holds its shape better when chilled.


I cut a piece of celery for the stem and used a piece of cilantro for a leaf (parsley would work for a leaf, too). Don’t forget to score the lines to make it look more like a pumpkin.


Serve this with crackers or a sliced baguette. It’s delicious, and great to have made up and ready to have any time over the holiday weekend. Make one, then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!



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