October 16, 2011 in Appetizers
Food should be fun, I say. And sometimes weird, freaky or scary. Like on Halloween, for example.
This year, I wanted to attempt an all edible spider cheeseball, but was at a loss as to what would be savory and black and edible. Then, I was cleaning out my spice cupboard a few weeks ago and came across a huge jar of black sesame seeds that have been lurking at the back of the top shelf for ages now. BINGO! Black sesame seeds are perfect, and look very spider-ish, I must say.
You can use your favorite cheeseball recipe and then just roll it in the seeds on a plate. Or, use our recipe below. Either way, I promise it will be the hit of the party.
And, if you’re looking for other fun Halloween ideas, go over to the Halloween roundup by Cookin Canuck – so many great ideas!
Happy All Hallow’s Eve, Everyone!
JACK-O-LANTERN (AND SPIDER) CHEESE BALL
8 ounces regular or light cream cheese, softened
8 ounces cheddar cheese (or other favorite cheese), grated
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 green onions, thinly sliced, tops included
1 cup finely crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos chips
4 jumbo sized black olives
1 small dill pickle
Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, Worcestershire sauce and green onions. Form into a ball and then flatten slightly on top to form a pumpkin shape. Make and indentation on the top where the stem will be placed. Freeze for at least one hour.
Place Dorito crumbs on a plate and roll cheese ball in crumbs. Place on a serving plate.
Cut olive into two triangles for eyes and a jack-o-lantern style mouth.Â Stick the eyes and mouth onto cheese ball with toothpicks. Cut pickle in half and place on top, forming a stem.
Serve chilled with crackers, toasted baguette slices or pita crisps.
FOR SPIDER CHEESEBALL VARIATION:
Omit doritos and use 1 cup of black sesame seeds.
Slice two green olives with pimento stuffing for eyes and a green bell pepper for legs.
– posted by Donna