Serve this black cheese ball with blue corn chips or dark rye toast for a ghastly presentation. It's punchy, just like you'd expect cheese of the dead to taste. You can find black sesame seeds at a reasonable price at most Asian markets.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In the container of a food processor, combine the Cheddar cheese, sour cream, butter, horseradish, hot mustard, chipotle sauce, garlic and port wine. Pulse until smooth. You can use a potato masher in a large bowl but it will take longer.

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  • Line a bowl with plastic wrap, and fill with the cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

  • Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat just until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Gather the plastic wrap around the cheese mixture and form into a ball. Remove the plastic wrap and roll the ball in sesame seeds to coat. Place in the center of a platter and surround with your favorite chips or crackers.

Nutrition Facts

228 calories; 19.9 g total fat; 51 mg cholesterol; 259 mg sodium. 2.4 g carbohydrates; 10.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2009
Great recipe for a cheese ball. Be creative I sculpted mine into a rat and used the left over port to create a simple raspberry port sauce.. I uploaded the pic! It was a hit! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2009
It was runny and could not be shaped into a ball at all. I guess I should have used cream cheese. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2009
Great recipe for a cheese ball. Be creative I sculpted mine into a rat and used the left over port to create a simple raspberry port sauce.. I uploaded the pic! It was a hit! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2009
Great recipe for a cheese ball. Be creative I sculpted mine into a rat and used the left over port to create a simple raspberry port sauce.. I uploaded the pic! It was a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2009
Wow this is an excellent recipe for any time of year! I used poppy seeds and served with water crackers and black grapes for our Halloween party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
This is a yummy appitizer in an awesome presentation. A few additions I made were (1) dropping a few drops of green food coloring into the food processed. (2) Throwing a few plastic bugs/snakes that I found in the toy box into the dishwasher and them positioning them around/ on the cheese ball. I even won 1st place at a Halloween party last year! Thanks for your awesome recipe and great idea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2010
Great taste!! I took toasted sesame seeds and soaked them in a bottle of black food coloring and some port wine. They came out almost greenish black it was absolutely amazing. I also made the recipe into 2 balls and put plain toasted sesame seeds on one so it looked very interesting on the platter with a white one and a black one! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2009
It was runny and could not be shaped into a ball at all. I guess I should have used cream cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2009
This was a big hit at a party. I couldn't get the black sesame seeds to cover the whole ball. But be warned it makes alot! Next time I will make 3 or 4 smaller balls. Very strong taste delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2011
Was unable to get mine to form into a ball it was just a gooey mess. So instead I turned it into a dip covering the bottom of the dish with the sesame seeds and the top. I also substituted habanero hot sauce for the chipotle giving it a slightly hotter taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
This was great! I omitted the hot mustard and the chipotle hot sauce and added additional horseradish and an extra garlic clove but other than that I stuck to the recipe. I used a Tawny Port since the recipe didn't specify but I think a Ruby would work just as well. It was a snap to put together in the processor. Rolling the ball in the sesame seeds was kind of messy but a 1/2 cup was plenty to cover. Took it to work for our Halloween potluck serving it with those 1/2 pretzel/1/2 Ritz crackers and it was a big success. Loved it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/27/2011
I like the idea of the cheese ball being black but that could be done with any good cheese ball recipe. The problem is that this cheeseball just didn't taste very good. It was very boring and bland. I had to add a lot more to it to give it even a little kick of flavor. It works well as a starting point and I had no trouble molding it as someone else noted. I would recommend this as a base but expect to need to play around with some other additions if you want any flavor interest at all. Read More
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