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Cheese balls are the perfect addition to any party. This version is filled with spicy jalapenos, sweet peaches, and zesty chives, all coated in black sesame seeds to give it a dark and creepy look. It will go perfectly on your grown-up Halloween snack table since the cheese ball is creepy without looking childish (No fake ghosts or mummy hot dogs here!).
The sophisticated appetizer will work beautifully with any Halloween theme. In fact, you can create a whole dark cheese board using a cheese slate and adding dark Kalamata olives, and dark cured meats like capicola or salami.
- 16 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 3/4 cup peach preserves
- 1 jalapeno (diced)
- 1/8 cup chives (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
Allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature. While it is softening, place the peach jam in a small saucepan. Dice the jalapenos, leaving in as many seeds as desired. If you want the cheese ball to be less spicy, remove all of the seeds and ribs of the jalapenos. If you want a spicier cheese ball, just leave all of the seeds and ribs when you dice the peppers. The more seeds, the spicier the cheese ball. Add the diced peppers to the peach jam and heat on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside and allow to completely cool.
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, cooled peach mixture, chives and salt. When they are completely combined, place it on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic wrap around the mound of cheese and twist the ends of the plastic wrap to form the mixture into a tight ball. Flip around so that the twisted wrap is on the bottom and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and carefully remove the plastic wrap. Coat the cheese ball in the black sesame seeds using your hands or by rolling in a bowl filled with the seeds.
Place on a serving tray. Serve alongside dark crackers to complete the creepy look.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- The peach preserves can easily be substituted for apricot. You can also mix up your own peach mixture. Just heat two diced peaches with a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch on medium heat until the mixture has thickened, then add in the chopped jalapenos.
- Make sure to soften the cream cheese before mixing all of the ingredients together.
- You can substitute the chives for chopped scallions as well.