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Happy National Cheese Ball Day!

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Of all the food holidays, National Cheese Ball Day is my favorite. Cheese balls are the most festive and versatile of foods in the cheese category; they’re customizable, like a grilled cheese sandwich or cheesy dip, but also malleable. Can you turn your sandwich into a feathery bird that will stand up on tiny feet? No, you cannot.

To make a cheese ball, you don’t really need any special equipment nor any fancy cooking skills. You can use a stand mixer to blend everything together, but you can also mash it all up in a bowl using a spatula.

Here are a few of my favorite cheese ball creations:

Spring Chick Cheese Ball: This base for this cheese ball is made from the classic blend of cream cheese, cheddar, shallots, mustard and Worcestershire. It’s shaped into a stout baby chick and rolled in shredded cheese “feathers.”

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Gobble This Up: Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

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Carving this bird's a breeze.

Forget about the store-bought cheese log or cream cheese-filled celery stalks your sister makes — a creamy, garlic-herb turkey-shaped cheese ball is the savory appetizer your family will ask for every year.

Rolled in crunchy, toasted almonds, this little guy deserves to be the star of Turkey Day.

Garlic-Herb Turkey Cheese Ball

For the Cheese Ball:
2 packages cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as dill, oregano and thyme)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

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Nacho Jack-o’-Lantern Cheese Ball

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The trick to this treat is crushed Doritos.

Sure carving pumpkins into Jack-o’lanterns is fun and all, but where’s the payoff? You do all that work, and in the end, there’s nothing to eat (except for some seeds). In an ideal world, Jack-o’-lanterns would be cute, squat, orange and taste like nachos.

This nacho-flavored, pumpkin-shaped cheese ball is just the thing for your Halloween party. It looks like a pumpkin, but tastes like everyone’s favorite party chip.

This is one pumpkin that won’t get smashed, but it will be devoured.

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