October 16, 2017

adorable fall appetizers

How do you feel about “cute” food?

I’m all over it… the cuter the better!

So today, I have a couple of really fun fall
appetizer recipes to share with you.

My friends Amy, Caran and I are hosting
a birthday party on Saturday night for our friend Heather,
so I’ll be making both of these adorable 
and easy to prepare savory treats. 

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

16 ounces room-temperature cream cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
3 tablespoons minced white onion
2 tablespoons salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno
1 cup crushed Cheezits or Goldfish Crackers
1 Bell Pepper Stem for garnish

With a mixer, blend all the ingredients. Place mixture onto plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the mixture into a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball including vertical ridges; chill at least 2 hours.

To serve, unwrap, roll in crushed cheese flavored crackers like Cheezits or Goldfish and press a bell pepper stem into the top. I like to seve this with a variety of crackers.

I plan on making the cheese ball a few days before,
so I have less to do closer to party day.

Then, on the day of the party, 
all I have to do is unwrap the cheese ball, 
roll it in the crushed crackers and 
add the stem as a garnish.

This second appetizer is really easy to make.
Just fill a hollowed-out orange bell pepper
with your favorite hummus and add pita chips.

🎃 So easy and quick! 🎃

When hollowing out the pepper, 
make sure to remove all the seeds and white ribs from
 the inside of the pepper and remember you reserve the stem
to use as a garnish for the Pumpkin Cheese Ball.

The spooky Jack-o-Lantern eyes, nose and mouth 
are easily made with a sharp paring knife.
Do this before you fill the pepper.

Isn't it great how
these two recipes work perfectly together?

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
Food Network
Endlessly Inspired

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