Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jumping on the Pumpkin Bandwagon.... a/k/a my annual Pumpkin Hater Post. {Pumpkin Cheeseball Recipe}

Pumpkin Cheese ball Recipe

It's common knowledge among my blogging friends that I'm a pumpkin hater. 

Not that I dislike pumpkin. 

Au contraire, I actually love pumpkin, it's my favorite pie [my Nana used to bring one home every Friday when we lived with her special just for me!], I love pumpkin bread [my sister in law is famous for hers!] and I love pumpkin seeds [better than smoking or nail biting!]....

What I hate is that come October everyone vomits pumpkin.... it overwhelms me. Pumpkin MartinisPumpkin Pie Rice Krispy Treats, even Pumpkin Dog Treats. swear to God. Click it. I'm not sure why but I stroke out a little with each new post.... and I'm sure they are fabulous [I've given you the links because I know each and every one of you will want a darn pumpkin martini.....]. I just cannot do it.  

But I do make my only little pumpkin every year.... twice. Once for Halloween and once for Thanksgiving. And I love it. It's think it's adorkable and yummy. Sometimes I'm more successful than others in my sculpting but it's always elementary school cute at a minimum.

And now I share with you.

What you need:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup diced white onion
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely crushed Cheeze-its
1 bell pepper stem, stick or pumpkin stem

What you do:

Melt 2 teaspoons butter in skillet; add garlic and white onion. Cook over medium–high heat, stirring constantly, 3-5 minutes or until just starts to brown. Remove from heat.

Use mixer to combine garlic mixture with softened butter and cream cheese, and shredded cheese. Form your pumpkin. Place crushed crackers into large shallow bowl or pie pan. Roll cheese ball into crackers; press evenly to coat. Place onto serving plate.

Create stem for top of pumpkin from bell pepper slices [see right hand pumpkin in picture], a stick [bottom picture] or use a real pumpkin stem [top or left picture].

Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or overnight to blend flavors.
Serve with crackers and vegetables.

Poof.  You are Martha Stewart!

Happy Fall :)

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