Cheddar Pumpkin Appetizers

Guests will enjoy clever edible pumpkins, whether served as an appetizer or used as a garnish. What a treat!

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

8
tablespoons smoked Cheddar cold pack cheese food (from 8-oz container), well chilled
2
teaspoons finely chopped peanuts
4
butter-flavored pretzel spindles or sticks, broken in half
16
tiny pieces fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 Line small serving plate with waxed paper. Roll each level tablespoon cold pack cheese food into a ball; place on waxed paper-lined serving plate. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes for easier handling.
  • 2 With end of toothpick, draw ridges around balls to resemble pumpkins. Dip bottoms of cheese balls in chopped peanuts.
  • 3 Just before serving, insert pretzel halves into cheese balls for pumpkin stems. Decorate with parsley for leaves. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Turn the pumpkin making into a family affair! Have one person roll the cheese into balls and another shape the balls into pumpkins, while someone else can dip the pumpkins in peanuts and insert the pretzel. It's easy to double the recipe, so make as many as you'd like!

The texture or firmness of cold pack cheese food can vary from brand to brand. Buy two brands, use the firmer one for pumpkins and snack on the softer one while making them!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Pumpkin
Calories
60
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
270mg
270%;
Total Carbohydrate
3g
3%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.