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The cheese ball gets an Easter makeover

Diana Johnson is a recipe developer, photographer, writer and the creator of Eating Richly Even When You're Broke. She is passionate about helping people learn to cook and eat foods rich in nutrition and flavor, even on a tight budget, a...

And it's full of carrot too

Kids and Easter Bunnies agree, it's not Easter without carrots. This cute cheese ball fits the bill — it's even made with real carrots.

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

Cheese balls are one of the easiest party appetizers you can make. They can be prepared hours or even days in advance, and can feed a lot of people for very little time or money. I like to make them even more festive by shaping them into something that goes with the party theme. For Easter, I'll be serving this cute carrot cheese ball, which is a cheerful orange thanks to the grated carrots and paprika.

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

To make the cheese ball, start by letting your cream cheese sit out for about an hour to get nice and soft. Grate a couple carrots and 1 cup of yellow cheddar. (I really like Tillamook's sharp cheddar.)

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

Use your hands to mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

Shape the cheese ball into a long, rounded wedge, and place it on a serving platter. Use a table knife to draw lines in the cheese.

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

Now use your hands to pat the cheese ball, smoothing out the lines so they look a little more natural.

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

Place sprigs of fresh dill into the top of your carrot.

You can mix your cheese ball up to four days in advance. Just keep it sealed in plastic in the refrigerator. Wait until serving day to add the dill to keep it from wilting, and serve with crackers, bread or crudités.

 An Easter makeover for the holiday cheese ball

Easter carrot cheese ball recipe

Serves 20

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8 ounce) bricks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar
  • 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 6-10 sprigs dill

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, knead together the cream cheese, cheddar, carrots, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Shape the cheese ball into a long, rounded wedge, and place it on a platter.
  3. Use a knife to score lines along the length of the "carrot," and then use your fingers to pat and smooth the lines for a more natural look.
  4. Place several sprigs of dill in the top end of the cheese ball until it looks like a carrot.
  5. Serve cold with crackers, bread or vegetable slices.

More cute recipes that look like carrots

Chocolate strawberry carrots
Salmon mousse carrot cones

Carroty cake pops

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