Everything Bagel Cheeseball

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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.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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!

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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.

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How to Make an Everything Bagel Cheese Ball:

First, I started with the flavor.

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Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

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.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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.

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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!

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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.

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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.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

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.

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I hope you get a chance to enjoy both of these recipes during the cool months to come.

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If you liked these pumpkin-inspired cheeseballs, you’ll love these too:

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheese ball Recipe:

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cheese ball, cheeseball
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Notes

*You can make your own seasoning blend by combining equal parts dehydrated onion, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and garlic flakes. Add kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 8gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 315mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 647IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 1mg
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  • Erin at

    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.

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