Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball Pumpkin (Five Ingredient Friday)

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Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball Pumpkin

Happy Five Ingredient Friday! And since it’s Friday, with football games and tailgating going on this weekend, and with Halloween so close, not to mention Fall festivities ahead, I decided to make a really simple cheese ball for you…pumpkin shaped to fit any of your Autumn entertaining needs.  

I’ve been doing parties and entertaining for years; it’s one of my favourite things to do! Through the years, I’ve done countless cheese balls and shaped them to match the theme of whatever party I was having.

There have been pineapple-shaped cheese balls, fish-shaped cheese balls, football-shaped cheese balls, and one of my all-time favourites, a hot chili pepper-shaped cheese ball that was coated in paprika and had a green pepper stem. That’s just to name a few, but you get the idea. I love using creatively shaped cheese balls to enhance the party “story.”

If you’ve been following my recipes, you know how much I love cheddar cheese straws. As a matter of fact, a couple of weeks ago I brought you Cheese Straw Crackers shaped like pumpkins. So, I decided to bring those same zippy flavours to this cheese ball.

I used a combination of cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese. I actually combined white and yellow cheddar, but you don’t have to do that. All I added was some cayenne pepper, garlic powder and Tabasco. Super simple. Then, using my hands, I formed a flat-ish ball with an indentation in the top, pressed grooves into the sides with my finger and used a gourd stem for the pumpkin stem.

So, here are your five ingredients:

        • Cream Cheese
        • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
        • Garlic Powder
        • Cayenne Pepper
        • Tabasco

I couldn’t be easier, or more darling. Bring a little whimsy to your Fall entertaining, or snacking by making this Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball Pumpkin recipe.


p.s.: You don’t have to shape this like a pumpkin…it’s great for anytime!

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Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball Pumpkin (Five Ingredient Friday)
With flavours reminiscent of a Cheddar Cheese Straw, this simple cheese ball can be transformed into festive shapes to add a touch of whimsy to your entertaining.
Recipe type: Appetiser
  • 10 ounces Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (I used 5 ounces of Vermont White and 5 ounces of Wisconsin Yellow)
  • 1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on your comfort)
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste (I didn't salt ours)
  • gourd stem for garnish, optional
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Shape mixture into a flat-ish ball, make an indentation in the top center to hold your stem.
  3. Using your finger, make vertical grooves in the ball to resemble the grooves in a pumpkin.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Place the gourd stem into the center top of the cheese ball and serve with crackers and vegetables.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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4 Responses to Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball Pumpkin (Five Ingredient Friday)

  1. I love cheese balls. And this one is so cute. 🙂

    • P~ says:

      Mr. Saucy was googley-eyed over it. It’s similar in flavours to Kentucky Beer Cheese…so he was all over it! I love the whimsy you can create with cheese balls…I’m so corny. 🙂 P~

  2. Wendy Williams says:

    It is World Series time and this Spicy Cheddar Cheese Ball is perfect for enjoying baseball and beer. Thank you for spicing up the evening.

    • P~ says:

      Wendy, I’m just thrilled that you tried it! You’re right, beer…cheese…baseball…what a great combination. Thank you, for commenting. P~

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