Holiday Cheese Balls for Thanksgiving & More

There are two types of people.

Some of us can barely contain our glee the day after Halloween, and we love seeing the twinkle of holiday lights everywhere in early November. (I just might have the movie Elf playing in my living room at this very moment.) Others draw a hard line, saying “It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!” That includes my nine-year-old, who’s a little appalled by the fact that his mom keeps buying throw pillows with reindeer on them.

In my defense, we live only five minutes away from Target. But I digress.

No matter whether you’re a one-holiday-at-a-time traditionalist or a Hallmark-Christmas-movie-marathon fanatic, guess what? Today we’ve got you covered with the cutest little cheese balls for your table. Best of all, they do double-duty as easy appetizers and adorable centerpieces.

Idea #1: Holiday Tree Cheese Ball

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How to Make It:
Simply stir up Cheddar Ale Cheese Ball Mix as directed with 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese. Shape it into a cone, and roll in chopped parsley. For “ornaments,” decorate with bits of red bell pepper and sliced almonds. Cut a star out of a cheese slice for the top.

So fun and festive, right? Serve with pretzel spindles, crackers and fresh veggie sticks.

Idea #2: Pine Cone Cheese Ball

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How to Make It:
For a sweeter variation, combine Warm Apple Pie Dip Mix with 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese. Shape into a cone, and chill 2 hours. Starting at the base, carefully press in sliced almonds at a slight angle all the way around the cone.

Garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary, and serve with sliced apples and graham crackers.

Idea #3: Turkey Veggie Cheese Ball

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How to Make It:
Isn’t this the greatest little gobbler? Simply prepare Garden Veggie Cheese Ball Mix as directed, and divide the mixture into one large ball (for the body) and one small ball (for the head). Insert a pretzel stick as a neck.

Press in rows of carrot sticks, celery sticks and whole pecans for tail feathers. Add two sliced black olives for eyes, and dab on small pieces of carrot and red bell pepper for the beak and turkey wattle.

Idea #4: Cornucopia & Cheese Ball Pumpkin
And last but not least, if you want a real showstopper for your Thanksgiving table, make your own delicious cornucopia cheese board. Here’s how to do it, step by step!

How to Make It:
  • Start by shaping Cheddar Ale Cheese Ball into a ball. Draw grooves down the sides with a chopstick or toothpick, and then add a stem from a mini pumpkin or bell pepper to the top. Chill until you’re ready to assemble your board. Isn’t it a beauty?

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  • Now for the fancy part! Sculpt heavy-duty tin foil into the shape of a cornucopia (like a cone with a little upturned tail).

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    I know it looks a bit like a weird sea creature, but stay with me here. Spray your foil mold with no-stick cooking spray.

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Unroll 1 (8 ounce) tube of crescent sheet dough. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into 1-inch strips lengthwise.

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  • Braid three strips together, and set aside. (This decorative braid will be used around the big opening of the cornucopia.)

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  • Starting at the tail end, wrap the dough strips around the foil mold. Wrap the dough braid around the largest part, pinching together underneath to anchor it in.

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  • In a small bowl, whisk an egg; brush over the dough. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Rustic Herb Seasoning. Place the cornucopia on a greased baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Cover loosely with foil; bake 15 additional minutes. Ta-da!

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    Let it cool before carefully removing foil. Place it on a cheese board or platter next to your “pumpkin” cheese ball. Then fill your cornucopia and the rest of your platter with a bounty of dippers, like cherry tomatoes, crackers, sliced cucumbers and peppers, crispy breadsticks, grapes and/or cubed cheese.

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Thanksgiving. Christmas. New Year’s. You name it.

With Tastefully Simple, you can always rest easy and feel confident about decking out your table. And it’s never too early for that.

Happy Thanksgiving (and happy holidays), my friends!

- Jen

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