Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Believe it or not, we didn't eat many cheese balls at our family gatherings growing up. Mainly we would have an antipasto or cold shrimp with cocktail sauce or sausage bread. It wasn't until I was older that I was introduced to the cheese ball while attending parties at some of my friends' family gatherings. Still, I never even made one until recent years. They are really easy and quick to make. It's the refrigeration time that takes the longest.


I decided I wanted to try a Pumpkin Cheese Ball version this year in keeping with my Thanksgiving theme and came up with this one consisting of cream cheese, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, fresh thyme and pecans. We really liked it, though the pumpkin really only gave it the orange color as you couldn't taste much of the pumpkin flavor. One note I'd like to make is that you have to use either a stand or electric mixer when combining the ingredients. DO NOT USE A BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR! It will break down the solids in your cheese and it will not form into a ball properly.
~Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Refrigeration Time: 2 hours   Serves: 24 (2 tbsp. per serving)
Ingredients
  • 12oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Thyme, removed from stem
  • 1/2 c. Whole Pecans, chopped
Directions
  1. Add the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and thyme to a stand or electric mixer until all ingredients are combined and smooth. 
  2. Place mixture on top of plastic wrap and cover all sides forming a ball. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to one day ahead of time in order for the cheese to set. 
  3. Add the pecans to a bowl and remove the plastic wrap from the cheese. Roll the ball in the nuts, coating all sides. 
  4. Serve immediately with crackers or a sliced baguette. 

Nutrition Facts (not including the crackers or bread)
Calories 71, Carbs 2.1g, Fat 6.2g, Protein 1.3g, Fiber 0g, Sugar 1.7g
*Calculations based on ingredients entered into Calorie Count and may not be 100% accurate. 


3 comments:

  1. looks great and I have never made one either. Definitely going to try this one , thank you xoxo

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    1. Glad you like it, thanks for stopping by Beverley! xo

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  2. i suggest adding about 1/2 tbsp cinnamon and 1/2-1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice. I also doubled the amount of pure pumpkin puree and added about 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Tutned out great

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