Cheddar Cheese Ball

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Covered with poppy seeds, this ebony-and-orange cheese ball makes a scrumptious Halloween party snack. Shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, dry sherry, and butter are whipped in a food processor, then transferred to a large bowl to chill until firm.


  • 1 ¼ pounds extra-sharp cheddar, shredded

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • cup dry sherry

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons coarse salt

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • cup poppy seeds


  1. Process all ingredients except poppy seeds in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl lined with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Unmold onto a plate. Press poppy seeds evenly over surface, rounding top.

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