The Best Fall or Autumn Cheese Ball Recipe
Having a Fall Autumn Party? Make this delicious cheese ball recipe.
I play bridge. Yes, I’m probably the youngest person in the U.S. that still plays this game. It’s really a shame, because it’s a fun game and one that makes you use your brain. It’s also a game in which you can be sociable – and you can be sure that my girls and I can talk it up! I am the age of all their kids, which makes me feel young. I just love these ladies, and we often joke about when they will be in the retirement home and I’ll have to come in there and wheel them to the bridge tables!
I had club at my house this month, so I went with the autumn theme. I found a gajillion recipes, pictures and ideas online, so I sort of put them all together and came up with my own pumpkin-looking cheese ball. If you have a cheese ball recipe you love, you can still use this idea to make it look fall-festive.
If you are artistic, maybe you could shape it like a leaf and use skinnier pieces of cheese to make leaf veins. Or for a football party, you could shape it like a football and use the cheese to make the ridges and laces…hmmmmm…..the possibilities are endless.
Recipe for the Best Autumn Cheese Ball
- 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese, softened (I always use Neufchatel)
- 2 Cups shredded cheddar or cheddar-jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons Ranch dip mix (powdered)
- 1 Tablespoons garlic salt
- ½ Cup finely chopped chives or green onions (mostly tops)
- 6 thin slices of block cheese
Mix everything except the slices of cheese and pretzel rod together until well mixed. Put it in the middle of a piece of plastic wrap and wrap up. Now you can make it into a pumpkin/ball shape, and add some ridges while it is all covered up. Place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Take out and place on a serving tray. Lay pieces of cheese in the ridges and put a small pretzel rod in the middle as a stem. I found that if you buy the “half-moon” wedge of cheese and use a cheese slicer to slice a continuous piece off the entire rounded side, those work great to wrap around the cheese ball in the ridges. Serve with the pretzels and assorted crackers.