The other day I was going through some of my the photos I took while I was in California for the Thor & Delivery Man events a few years ago. I wanted to show Bubbles some of the holiday decorations that were up at Disneyland then, plus show her Cars Land.
When we looked at the pictures of Jack Skellington and him sitting on the pumpkin, I remembered that sometimes they use a Pumpkin Mickey for decor during Halloween. The image kind of stuck in my head and fermented there for awhile.
Then I remembered having seen pumpkin-shaped cheese balls in the past and the light bulb kind of went off for me. I wondered if I could turn a pumpkin-shaped cheese ball into a Pumpkin Mickey-shaped cheese ball.
Pumpkin Mickey Cheese Ball
Turns out – I kind of can!
- 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup cooked & crumbled bacon
- 2 T ranch dressing mix
- extra shredded cheddar for rolling
- bell pepper stem
- 4 large rubber bands
- In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar, bacon, and ranch mix.
- Portion out 3-4 tablespoons of the cheese ball mixture. Set aside.
- Place a piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface and put a half cup or so of shredded cheddar in the center.
- Form the remaining mixture into a large ball. Place on top of shredded cheddar pile.
- Add more shredded cheddar to the top of the cheese ball. Use your fingers to press cheddar into the top and sides of the cheese ball.
- Wrap ball tightly in plastic wrap, adding two more layers for a total of three layers of plastic wrap.
- Double-wrap each rubber band around the cheese ball, creating 8 sections. This will create the pumpkin ridge indents.
- Repeat process with the reserved cheese mixture, creating two small balls for Mickey's ears. Wrap in plastic wrap (but you can skip the rubber bands).
- Put all pieces in the refrigerator and chill overnight.
- Cut the rubber bands and peel away from the cheese ball; discard.
- Unwrap the cheese ball and place on serving dish.
- Place bell pepper stem on the top center of the pumpkin.
- Place a cheese ball "ear" on either side. Secure with toothpicks, if needed.
- Use a black food marker to draw on Pumpkin Mickey's jack-o-lantern face.
- Serve with crackers, pretzels, or veggies.
I really like how he turned out and Bubbles loves him. She also loves cheese so I’m sure this will get eaten pretty quick.
We’re dog sitting for my in-laws in October so I’ll be making another one of these to take over and leave in their fridge for a surprise while they’re gone. I hope they like it, too!