Everyone will love this festive Pumpkin Shaped Ham and Cheese Ball. This recipe cuts calories and fat, but not taste. It can be made days in advance of a Halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner.
- 2 (8-oz packages cream cheese) ⅓ less fat
- 1 package dry ranch salad dressing
- 8 slices cooked ham
- ½ onion diced fine
- 3 T real bacon bits
- Stick of celery
- 2½ cups finely grated cheddar cheese (put ½ cup in the cheese ball and 2 cups used outside)
- Remove cream cheese from packages and place in med. bowl. Warm cream cheese in the microwave on the defrost setting for about a minute to soften. Stir in diced onion, 1 cup of the cheese and ham. Fold in all ingredients (Except 2 cups of cheese). Wet hands and form cream cheese mixture into a ball shape. Roll the cheese ball in the finely grated cheese and place in serving plate. Cut celery stick and a celery leaf to size (to use as a pumpkin stem) and put in the pumpkin shape cheese ball.