Holidays & Special Occasions Halloween Jack-O’- Lantern Cheese Ball

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      2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
      1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
      1/4 cup pineapple preserves
      1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
      1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      1 large pretzel rod, broken in half

      4-ounces cream cheese, softened
      Dark rye bread
      Red pepper
      Black olive slices
      Parsley sprigs
      Assorted crackers

      1. Beat cheeses, pumpkin, preserves and spices in medium bowl until smooth. Cover refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until cheese is firm enough to shape.
      2.

      Shape mixture into round pumpkin, place on serving plate.Using a knife, score vertical lines down pumpkin. Place pretzel rod in top for stem. Cut bread into triangles for eyes, cut red pepper into triangle for nose, and cut olives in half to make the mouth.

      Surround with parsley.
      3. Serve with assorted crackers.

      Serves 8 to 10.

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Holidays & Special Occasions Halloween Jack-O’- Lantern Cheese Ball