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. This easy-to-make, quick appetizer has many healthy ingredients including pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cheeses, and peppers.
1banana pepperchopped into small pieces using a food processor
2jalapeno pepperschopped into small pieces using a food processor
1/4cuppumpkin seeds, honey roastedI use the Good Sense brand.
Allow cream cheese blocks to soften. Combine 12 ounces block cream cheese with 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp. minced garlic, finely chopped banana pepper and jalapenos peppers (remove seeds from peppers and use a food processor to get very small pieces). Stir and mash thorouhly with a fork until fully mixed.
Add 1/4 c. pumpkin seeds to a sealed baggie. Fully crush seeds with a kitchen mallet.
Using your hands, shape the cheese mixture into a ball.
Roll the cheese ball in the crushed pumpkin seeds. Serve with your favorite crackers. I love this cheese ball with Ritz crackers.
Make sure you set the cheese ball out to soften for a bit if you refrigerate it after making it so it is easy to scoop the cheese with crackers (or use a little knife to spread). If the cheese ball is too hard from being in the refrigerator, the crackers may just break when you attempt to scoop the cheese.Other yummy dipping suggestions: