Tidy Victory - Nana Patti came up for a quick visit over night and I wanted to find a decent meal to serve. I knew I had a frozen 5 pound pork tenderloin in the basement chest freezer and a few pieces of leftover bacon in the refrigerator - I found this recipe for crockpot brown sugar balsamic glazed pork tenderloin and this for bacon parmesan asparagus on Pinterest and BAM - dinner was made. The pork was really moist and FULL of flavor from the glaze. The asparagus had a great flavor from the bacon fat and it was so nice to eat it cooked a different way other than oven-roasted.
One of my favorite memories from childhood holiday celebrations with the family was the ever present cheese ball. I'm not sure if the family cheese ball was pre-made (most likely) or homemade, but I do love a festive looking dairy sphere. It's such a classic appetizer, so homey and festive!
What about a fresh new twist on this classic?
I originally found the recipe for this cheese ball here. I was looking for fun fall treats to serve at a Halloween party I was having and came across this. Adding some extra flavor and crunch to this pumpkin SHAPED (not flavored) cheese ball makes it even tastier. Looking for a savory yet spicy party feature? This is your answer, folks.
Here's what you need:
- 1 8 oz. block of cream cheese (softened)
- 1 8 oz. container of chive and onion cream cheese (softened)
- 16 oz. of shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp. of paprika
- 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
- 1 tsp. of dill
- 3/4 cup of toasted sliced almonds
- 1 broccoli stalk
Here's what you do:
- Mix together the cream cheeses, shredded cheddar cheese, paprika, red pepper and dill in a large bowl until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until the mixture can be shaped.
- Using your hands, form the mixture into a pumpkin shape.
- Pour and spread the toasted almonds onto a dinner plate. Roll the cheese ball carefully in the almonds to coat but still retain the shape. Using a knife or other kitchen gadget with an edge, cute lines in the cheese ball to help resemble a pumpkin.
- Place your fun pumpkin cheese ball on a pretty plate and firmly place the broccoli stalk on the top. Serve with pita points or crackers.
I almost feel bad cutting into this treat - it would look SO festive on your Halloween tablescape!
The broccoli stalk is just the cherry on the sundae, folks.