RITZ Pumpkin Patch Mini Cheese Balls

These bite size pumpkin cheese balls are a fun addition to any fall party! Creamy cheddar cheese balls with green onion stems make great party appetizers.

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Prep time:

0 min

Total time:

0 min

Servings:

0

Ingredient list

  • 36 RITZ Crackers, divided
  • 1 cup finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. light sour cream
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 green onions, each cut into 6 (1-1/2-inch) lengths
  • ½ cup shredded romaine lettuce

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Recipe Tips

1

Heat oven to 350°F.

2

Crush 12 crackers into coarse crumbs; spread onto rimmed baking sheet.  Bake 3 to 5 min. or until lightly toasted; cool completely.

3

Reserve 2 Tbsp. cheddar cheese for later use.  Beat remaining cheddar cheese with cream cheese, sour cream and mustard in medium bowl with mixer until blended.

4

Roll into 24 balls, using about 2 tsp. cheese mixture for each ball.

5

Combine crushed crackers and reserved cheddar cheese in shallow dish. Roll cheese balls, in small batches, in crumb mixture until cheese balls are completely coated with crumb mixture.   

6

Flatten cheese balls slightly to resemble pumpkins.  Insert onion pieces into tops of pumpkins for the stems.

7

Top remaining crackers with lettuce and cheese balls.