Halloween Recipes: Spicy Pumpkin Balls

Before indulging in the sweets, why not start off with savory treats? These simple recipes will be spine-tingling for the whole family. This pumpkin-shaped cheese ball is perfect for a Halloween party.

Ingredients (serves 6 pieces)

  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 green onion, finelychopped
  • ¼cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared salsa (medium to hot spice level)
  • blue corn tortilla chips

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  1. With a mixer, beat cream cheese and half the cheddar cheese until well blended.

  2. Stir in green onion, red pepper and salsa.Add a little more salsa for extra spiciness.

  3. Wrap mixture in plasticwrap and refrigerate for at least one hour, or until firm

  4. While still wrapped, shape cheese mixture into a ball.Remove wrap. If desired, make vertical grooves in ball with your fingertips to resemble a pumpkin.Roll ball in the remaining cheese.

  5. Break tortilla chips into small triangles to make the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose and mouth. Press into ball.

  6. If you have a green pepper on hand, cut awaythe stem and use it to decorate the top of the cheese ball. Save rest of the pepper for later use.

  7. Serve with tortilla chips.

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