Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This pumpkin cheese ball is a fun appetizer recipe for Thanksgiving or a Halloween party. Mix bacon, cheddar, ranch, and cream cheese and form into a pumpkin shape for a cute and yummy snack.

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Add cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheddar, minced onion, ranch dressing mix, pimento, and bacon to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a paddle attachment on low speed, mix these ingredients together. Remove from the bowl and form this cream cheese mixture into a ball.


Remove the mixture from the bowl and spoon onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Cover in plastic wrap and form the mixture into a ball. Wrap 3 rubber bands around the plastic wrap-covered cheese ball to make indents in the cheese ball, giving it those vertical grooves to make it look like a pumpkin. Refrigerate the wrapped cheese ball for at least an hour. Once set, cut the rubber bands off of the cheese ball.


Gently unwrap the plastic wrap. Use the remaining finely shredded cheddar to cover the outside of the cheese ball. Put bell pepper stem on top of the cheese ball for the pumpkin stem.


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