How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball

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It’s almost that time of year again where the little ones are perfectly fine believing a giant bunny visits them while they sleep to leave chocolate eggs for all the children.

Sounds a little bit creepy if you think about it, no? 😉

But what is NOT creepy is all the cute crafts and nibbles that are all over Pinterest lately. There are lots of things to keep the little ones busy but what about us big people?

A few years ago, I taught a cooking class and it was two days before Easter and about a week before Passover and I wanted to make a cute appetizer that would suit everyone. I thought about Easter/Passover/Spring and the thing that popped into my mind was …

CARROTS!!

I found some random pieces of cheese left over from a mac and cheese class and a package of cream cheese plus some parsley aaaand, voila!!!

These (below) carrot cheese balls were created! Everyone loved them and served with crackers, they kept all of my guests satisfied while I cooked!

How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball

It’s easy to throw this together if you adopt my “no waste” mentality and save all of your bits and bobs of cheese when you cook (or even leftovers from a charcuterie board).  I usually have a freezer bag in the freezer and I just throw in the pieces as I get them. When I was making these carrots, I just defrosted the bag and threw the pieces in my food processor along with the cheddar and cream cheese (obviously this will make the mixture less orange…that’s why I added the shredded cheddar on the outside).

How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball
Bits and bobs of cheese that I keep in the freezer!!

How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball

How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball
If the mixture is soft, remember it will harden in the fridge. It’s good if it softens at room temperature because it makes scooping the cheese onto a cracker that much easier.
How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball
If you use shredded cheddar for the outside of your carrots to make them more orange, you might want to run a knife through the shreds if they are too long
How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball
Cover your board with some plastic wrap and divide your mixture
How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball
Roll them into balls to create a bit of form…
How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball
Then form them into carrot shapes!

How cute are these?? These are a bit less yellow (as I said above…since I added a bit of cheese that wasn’t orange) so I rolled them in more grated cheddar!

How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball

I even made a cute hummus bunny with cracker ears for fun…let your imagination run wild!!

How To Make A Carrot CheeseballHow To Make A Carrot Cheeseball

Give it a shot and let me know what your guests think!!

How To Make A Carrot Cheeseball Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon

Springtime Carrot-Shaped Cheeseball

Such a cute and easy way to entertain your guests this Easter or Passover or just to celebrate spring! So easy and it can be made ahead for ease!!!
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 8-oz. blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar, divided
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled optional
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • crackers and other items for serving

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, 2 cups cheddar, bacon (if using), oregano, salt, and Worcestershire. Beat until evenly mixed and light in texture.
  • Transfer cheese mixture to a plastic-lined baking sheet and form mixture into balls and then into a carrot shape. Press the remaining cup of cheddar on the top and sides of carrot cheese ball. If the mixture is too loose, refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until it keeps it shape. Stick a bunch of parsley on the top of the carrot so it looks like its stems.
  • Serve with crackers.

Notes

If you're thinking of making these ahead of time, you can totally wrap these well and freeze them (just make sure you put them in a freezer bag)