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Mini Pumpkin Cheese Balls

A bite sized cheese ball served on a tortilla chip is a fun and tasty appetizer.
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 59kcal


  • 1 250 g block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup old cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup gouda cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • pinch black pepper and salt


  • pretzel sticks, cut into small pieces for stem
  • 2 scallions, green parts only or chives
  • pea shoots, for garnishing the bottom
  • 16 round tortilla chips


Green Onion Curls

  • Cut the green part off the green onion. Save white part for another day. Cut green ends into 1 inch pieces. Slice long thin strips lengthwise. Put all strips into a bowl of ice water and let sit so the onion can curl. Dry before using.

Cheese Balls

  • Mix together cream cheese through salt.
  • You can let the mixture sit covered in the refrigerator and roll just before serving. Or roll and form into pumpkin balls leaving in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Take a piece of the mixture in your hands and roll into a cherry tomato sized ball or slightly smaller. They roll easier when they've been slightly chilled in the fridge.
  • Using the opposite end of a spoon or wood spreader/butter knife draw a line from the top of the ball to the bottom as you would see on a real pumpkin. Continue drawing lines until the entire ball is covered.
  • Drain onion curls on paper towel. Break off small pieces of pretzels. Take a piece of curl and a piece of pretzel and push into top of pumpkin. If making in advance put into covered container and refrigerate.
  • When ready to serve put each pumpkin on a tortilla chip. Scatter pea shoots on a serving dish and place pumpkin balls on platter.


Serving: 125g | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg