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Graveyard Dust Cheddar Cheese Ball

Scare up some spooky and delicious fun for Halloween with this Graveyard Dust Cheddar Cheese Ball.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ball, chia seeds, Halloween
Servings: 20


  • 4 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds substitute poppy seeds if prefer
  • Crackers for serving


  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire, paprika, mayonnaise and pepper. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Place the cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Gather the edges of the plastic wrap and pull up, twisting it around the cheese to form a ball. Place the cheese ball on a plate and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
  • (If you’re not satisfied with the shape of the cheese ball after it has chilled, let it soften slightly at room temperature and then reshape. Refrigerate the ball for 1 hour more before rolling in chia seeds.)
  • When the cheese ball is firm, remove the plastic wrap. Place the chia seeds in a bowl and roll the cheese ball in the seeds until evenly coated. Transfer the cheese ball to a serving plate and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Serves 20.