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Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe

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No one will guess this make-ahead spread has pumpkin in it, but that subtle ingredient lends harvest color and added nutrition. The recipe comes from Topeka, Kansas field editor Linnea Rein.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (2-1/2 ounces) dried beef, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • Celery leaves
  • Crackers and/or raw vegetables

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 80 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 187 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin and pineapple. Stir in cheddar cheese, beef and onion. Shape into a ball; place on a serving platter. Score sides with a knife to resemble a pumpkin and add celery leaves for a stem. Serve with crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Pumpkin Cheese Ball in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p64

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 80 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 187 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

I prepared this recipe for the first time on 2/26/14. I have adjusted it, though! My adjustments are as follows: I added 1 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg,1/8 tsp. ground ginger. I used a shredded Cheddar cheese blend! I used 1-3/4 cups of this cheese blend. I used 1 Tbsp. finely chopped RED onion, 4 slices pastrami, finely chopped and I used one 15-oz. can of pumpkin. I omitted the pineapple. The cheeseball mixture was quite sticky! I placed it in a Cool Whip Container (1 lb. size) and rounded it out with a knife and large spoon. I stuck some celery leaves on top. I'll have to allow it to set overnight and see what happens! It looked quite good and tasted like a traditional cheeseball would, what with the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese blend and seasonings. I plan to share it with my colleagues at the local hospital where I work as a volunteer! Linnea Rein, Thank you for this recipe! Who knows-this recipe JUST might be a treat again in the future! IThis week is Appetizer week on the "Cook's Corner" forum, so I thought I'd try it and share it with the "Cook's Corner" forum, too! delowenstein

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Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

I made this several times at the holiday. It's wonderful for Thanksgiving! One year I did a little appetizer party at work. All pumpkin recipes. This was the star!

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