Party food has a special place in my heart. Delicious food along with the company of friends or family makes the delicious food taste even better. Anything with cheese also has a special place in my heart because cheese is so yummy. My Jalapeno Chia and Pumpkin Seed Cheese Ball is so good! We ate this delish appetizer poolside the other day and my husband and I loved it. Even my boys who don’t eat peppers love this recipe.
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I love all the healthy ingredients in this cheese ball. The cheeses provide protein and calcium. The chia seeds provide protein, omega-3, fiber, calcium, and iron. I love the tasty pumpkin seeds as well and they add in protein and nutrients as well. This cheese ball also includes jalapeños and a banana pepper (I even grew these peppers in my garden!). Jalapeños have many health benefits too including vitamin C, A, and fiber; they are a vegetable and not just a spicy additive to foods.
The Ingredients to Make a Jalapeño Chia and Pumpkin Seed Cheese Ball
The ingredients needed to make this scrumptious vegetarian cheese ball include the following foods:
- cream cheese
- shredded Pepper Jack cheese
- grated Parmesan cheese
- minced garlic
- banana pepper
- jalapeño peppers
- honey roasted pumpkin seeds (I always find these in the deli section)
Kitchen Tools Used to Make the Cheese Ball and How To Make It
This is a simple, quick appetizer you can make in about 15 minutes. I love how quick it is to make it because we lead a busy life and making something that is delicious and quick is important to me. You will need a food processor, a fork, 2 bowls, a knife, and meauring cups and spoons to make this cheese ball.
I mix all the ingredients togenter except for the pumpkin seeds (crush and set aside). I like to stir this type food mixture with a fork because I can mash it and stir. The cheeses and veggies mix well with a fork when the fork is pressed down over and over again into the mixture. I also stir periodically with the fork while mashing. Using softened cream cheese works the best, however I have done with with cream cheese fresh from the fridge, I just had to work harder to force the fork through the cheese (that’s more work! so set it out for a bit to make it easier on yourself;).
After it is fully mixed, I shape it into a ball with my hands and roll it in crushed pumpkin seeds. I added it to a plate and stacked five crackers all around it on all sides. Displayed this way it reminded me of a sunflower (so a perfect fall appetizer!).
When To Make It
This cheese ball recipe is perfect for parties whether it’s a summer outdoor party, fall party, Thanksgiving appetizer, Christmas appetizer or New Year’s Eve. My family loves to do a spread of appetizers at Christmas and I have often hosted a New Year’s Eve party where appetizers are the main course. Appetizers are fun and so delicious and the options are endless. Any get together would be perfect to enjoy this cheese ball. My family even loves it as a snack but often the five of us can’t eat it all at one time so I store it in the fridge until to enjoy later.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s so good and we love to eat it dipping Ritz™ crackers in it. It is delicious with a margarita or beer too. Or, lemonade;
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This is an original recipe by Julie Hoag @8/24/2017.