Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Any Autumn party is improved by the introduction of a cannonball of mixed cheese and salsa. Even better when it contributes to the theme and decor of the season.

Recipe from The Food Network.

8 ounces room-temperature cream cheese
3/4 cups shredded cheddar
1 or 2 dashes of onion powder
1 tablespoon medium salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2-3 handfuls crushed nacho-cheese flavored tortilla chips
1 green pepper, with attractive stem intact
1 sleeve snack crackers

Mix together both cheeses, onion powder, salsa, and cumin. Take care to distribute ingredients uniformly throughout the mixture. Center the cheese mixture on a piece of plastic wrap, fold up carefully, and roll into a sphere. Put the plastic wrap in the freezer for quicker preparation-to-service, or in the refrigerator if you have more time. Once the cheese firms, unwrap the plastic and roll the cheese cannonball on a surface covered in crushed nacho-cheese flavored tortilla chips, I used more plastic wrap. Once the sphere is fully coated in broken chip fragments, plate it, and top with a handsome green pepper stem.

Serve with green pepper slices and snack crackers.


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