Low-Carb Thanksgiving Recipe: Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls

Source: KitchenSimplicity.com

Here’s another fantastic recipe from Kitchen Simplicity, the makers of the Creamy Pumpkin Pie Dip. These are so cute, they would be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving menu. You’re guests will be talking about them through the New Year.

These little guys can be served on a platter with all kinds of great things like celery sticks, jicama slices, cucumber slices, cheese crisps, carrot sticks, bell pepper squares, flax crackers,  and Low-Carb Cheese Crackers.

They would also make the most adorable garnishes on just about anything and everything including cold cut platters and veggie trays.

Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls

recipe adapted from Kraft Canada

  • 1 (250g/8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions
  • paprika, or dusting

Beat cream cheese, red peppers, garlic and cayenne until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to handle.

Roll into 1 inch balls and then coat in paprika. Make indents in the side of each one with a knife to make a pumpkin shape (refrigerate longer if needed before shaping with knife).

Slice green onion into 1 inch pieces (green parts only). Slice each piece in half lengthwise. Roll each half back into a circular shape and stick into the top of the cheese ball. Refrigerate until serving.

Makes: 24 cheese balls (4-6 servings each, depending on the size of crackers.)

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