jack-o-lantern cheese ball for the teachers at my daughter's school. It was too easy and I thought it turned out pretty cute. I have no idea what it tasted like. I just followed the recipe from Kraft foods and send it on its way. Guess I could have sampled a bit before I shaped it into a ball, but I didn't. If anyone else tries it, be sure to let me know how it tastes! Have a great weekend and happy trick-or-treating (or trunk-or-treating if you prefer). You can click <here> to go to Kraft Foods and look around for more recipes or click on the above photo for the original recipe.
Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball
3 green onions, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped red peppers
2 slices pepperoni
CUT 4-inch length from green end of 1 onion; slice remaining onions. Beat cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups Cheddar with mixer until well blended. Stir in sliced onions and peppers. Refrigerate 1 hour.
SHAPE into ball; roll in remaining Cheddar. Cut pepperoni into shapes for the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose and mouth; press into cheese ball to make face. Insert green onion piece into top for stem.
SERVE with RITZ Crackers.
I substituted "habanero" shredded cheese for part of the cheddar for a little added pizzazz and rolled the cheese ball in the habanero cheese, too, because it was a little more orange.
I also used yellow bell pepper for the mouth and eyes in place of the pepperoni only because I didn't have pepperoni on hand.
I mixed together the ingredients with my handy silicon spatula vs. an electric mixer and refrigerated the mixture over night. The next morning it was easy to shape into a ball. I wrapped the mixture in plastic wrap, shaped it into a ball then rolled the ball in shredded cheese in a bowl.