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No matter what time of year it is, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball is sure to delight your guests as the perfect fall appetizer. Shaped into a pumpkin, it makes the perfect fall treat.
I assume you found your way to this recipe from my “Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen” post. If so, welcome back. I am thrilled to share these recipes with you. (In case you haven’t yet seen that post, you can catch up here.)
Everything Bagel Cheese Ball:
If you’re here for my Everything Bagel Cheese Ball recipe, you’ve come to the right place!
Truth be told, I love a tasty cheeseball. (Well, to be completely honest, I love cheese in any form.) Unfortunately, it seems that the humble cheeseball has gotten a bad rap. It’s been around forever and is viewed as boring by some. That’s why I decided it was time for a little makeover.
And this isn’t the first time I gave the classic cheeseball a makeover. Remember my Fall “Apple” Cheeseballs? Or my Mini Truffle Cheeseballs?
If you’re looking for my pumpkin-shaped Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball Recipe, you can find that HERE.
How to Make an Everything Bagel Cheese Ball:
First, I started with the flavor.
The concept for this cheeseball was inspired by the super trendy everything bagel. Obsessed with the “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning blend from Trader Joe’s, I assumed a cheeseball covered in the spices would be incredible. Boy, was I right!
It’s that classic flavor we’ve all come to love.
While this cheeseball is outstanding on its own, I decided to take it one step further and shape it into a pumpkin. To do that, I removed a stem from a small pumpkin and inserted it into the top of the cheeseball.
To remove a stem from a pumpkin, I recommend cutting off the very top of the pumpkin like I did here and then peeling away the pumpkin flesh. This will lessen the risk of breaking the stem.
While the stem clearly made this look like a pumpkin, I also used a chopstick to create grooves from the base of the pumpkin to the stem. This extra step makes this illusion more realistic, don’t you think?
Not severing this recipe in the fall? No worries. Skip the pumpkin shape and just roll it into a ball to suit any season or holiday.
What do you serve with an Everything Bagel Cheeseball?
Serve the cheeseball with bagel chips (which I couldn’t seem to find) for the ultimate flavor combo. Pretzels, crackers, breadsticks or even crostinii make a delicious pairing too.
Let’s dig in!
And because all of that wasn’t enough, I decided to make three smaller pumpkin cheeseballs. I simply doubled the base recipe for the sun-dried tomato ball and divided it into three parts.
I wanted an intense orange color for these three cheeseballs, so I busted out my secret ingredient: Nacho Cheese Doritos. I put them in a large plastic baggie and smashed them with a rolling pin. Pulverized, they were the perfect shade of orange, and they added a delightful flavor to my mini cheeseballs.
For the stems of these pumpkins, I used thin breadsticks that I drizzled with balsamic vinegar and toasted in the oven to deepen the color. A pretzel rod would also work nicely.
And that’s it. With all the cheeseballs plated, I set everything up using a long wood cutting board and a matching cake stand to add height. Crackers and breadsticks filled various containers, while produce from the farmers market provided more color and seasonal flare. Operation fall entertaining complete.
I hope you get a chance to enjoy both of these recipes during the cool months to come.
If you liked these pumpkin-inspired cheeseballs, you’ll love these too:
- Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball
- Apple-Shaped Cheeseballs
- Mini Cheeseballs (Cheeseball Truffles)
- Buffalo Chicken Cheeseball
- Christmas Tree Cheeseball
Everything Bagel Cheese ball Recipe:
Everything Bagel Cheeseball
- 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 scallions chopped
- 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- About 1/2 cup Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend*
- Bagel chips and/or crackers for serving
- In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, horseradish, cheddar cheese, scallions, and bacon. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.
- Once the cheeseball has set, roll it into the Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend to evenly coat.
- (To make your cheeseball resemble a pumpkin, add a real or faux pumpkin stem to the top. Then use the tip of a chopstick or the back of a butter knife to create grooves.)
- Serve with bagel chips and crackers.
Can you make this a day ahead
Yes, but I would wait to add the everything bagel seasoning on the outside until you’re ready to serve.
Made it and is very delicious and very appealing looking
I made this for Christmas Eve dinner appetizer and it was a huge hit. Thank you for recipes that are easy to make but are always delicious.
I made the Everything Bagel seasoning cheese ball for the first time this fall and everyone loved it. Will be making again for Christmas Eve! Thank you!
This looks wonderful! I just have to comment on what a pleasure it is to read your posts. I can hold my own pretty well in the cooking department (although I always appreciate inspiration and new ideas) but where you really shine is your creativity and artistic talent. Your decor, tablescapes and other touches are absolutely beautiful. The other reason I read your blog along with just a few others these days is your obvious kindness, sincerity and enthusiasm for helping others create. Awesome job!
Michael, I missed seeing this so I’m glad to find it now. Super cute and it sounds really tasty. These are all ingredients I keep on hand, including the Bagel seasoning from TJ’s. I also have kept plenty of long, twisty stems from pumpkins over the years. They come in handy for various projects!
I love this cheeseball recipe. I omit bacon so it is vegetarian friendly, shape it into a pineapple bottom shape on a plate, use a fresh pineapple top to garnish, and stud the (everything bagel covered) surface with pecan halves to complete the pineapple look. It’s always a hit at our tropical themed parties. It’s a delicious and versatile recipe outside of pumpkin-time.