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.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

Reviews (2)

26 Ratings
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Rating: Unrated
To save time, I substituted store-bought horseradish cheese spread for the cheddar ball and rolled it in poppy seeds. It looked very striking on my black slate cheeseboard from Crate and Barrel. I called it the "Grey Matter Cheese Platter" for our Halloween Party, which was themed "The Golden Age of Dissection". It was easy to make and delicious- I may reprise this next year!
Rating: Unrated
I used a favorite cheese ball recipe and rolled it in black sesame seeds. It gave the same effect.