Pumpkin cheese balls, great as appetizers

Pumpkin cheese balls, great as appetizers

By 26/10/2015

Imagine something soft, hot and with a melting cheesy heart in the middle...these are pumpkin balls with cheese, to die for!

They look so much like potato croquettes or arancini and they are very inviting little nibbles. If you are planning a Halloween party then these would make a good starter or aperitif.

I cannot believe how many different things I made with pumpkin this year. Butternut squash has some similarities with pumpkin but it has a different texture: much more watery than pumpkin which instead has a much drier and compact pulp. I tried making gnocchi with it but no chance, sadly I had to throw everything away.

You can either fry these balls or for a lighter version you can cook them in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil. Both versions are really good.

When I went to the Organic September Blogathon Event and made my lighter version of Tiramisu'  a video was made. Here it is! I was a little nervous but this was my first time..!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes
  • Yield : 12



Peel the pumpkin, slice it and cook it the oven at 200C - 390F for 30 minutes or until soft.

In a bowl mash the pumpkin using a fork or a potato masher.

Add the egg, the parmesan cheese, the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and mix well. Cut the hard cheese into small cubes.

Scoop up some of the pumpkin mixture using a spoon and form into balls. Put a piece of cheese in the center and seal well with more pumpkin mixture forming round balls. 

making pumpkin balls

Roll the balls into breadcrumbs and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes so they will bind well.

pumpkin balls

Fry in hot oil for a few minutes turning them to allow them to cook evenly or line them up on your baking tray with a drizzle of olive and bake for 20 minutes at 180C - 350F.

pumpkin balls with cheese

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15 Responses to Pumpkin cheese balls, great as appetizers

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    You did very well, Alida. I wouldn’t be able to cook in front of so many people. Those pumpkin balls look fantastic!

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie!

  2. La cucina di Molly

    Complimenti per il video, sei stata bravissima! Buonissime queste palline di zucca, ho preso nota, voglio provarle! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie tante cara.

  3. gloria

    Look delizioso cara !!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Love these little pumpkin cheese balls…so easy and looks delizioso! They would be a perfect appetizer or a snack for this time of year…I also watched your video..Outstanding dear friend! You look so professional and you are so pretty. I love your hair. I always wondered if you had an Italian accent or an English accent! You are so cute…I could see the whole audience was so into what you were doing. Great job and have printed out your pumpkin cheese balls…Thank you for sharing…have a wonderful rest of the week…Ciao dear friend!
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      You always say so many nice things Dottie! Thank you. You will love these balls, I am going to make them again now that there is plenty of pumpkin. Ciao!

  5. Sue Olivant

    Wow – loved your tiramisu video – so professional and you looked so cool – watch out Nigella! I have just made the pumpkin/cheese balls as I had so much pumpkin left over from spiced pumpkin soup. I haven’t tasted them yet and hope that they last until Saturday when our whole family get together at Mum’s house in Shrewsbury – hopefully eaten with a few bottles of Prosecco. I’m sure I can pop them in the oven to crisp up, that’s if I haven’t scoffed them by then!

    • Alida

      Thanks Sue! Hope you enjoyed the balls. They must have gone done well with the prosecco. Ciao!

  6. Sue Olivant

    Thanks! They certainly did! Ciao!

  7. Natalie Tamara

    Gosh, these look amazing! And surprisingly easy to make – I have to give them a go 🙂

  8. Cherished By Me

    Love the look of these, definitely going to try them. Mmmm, my mouth is watering. Great video too!

    • Alida

      Thank you Nova!

  9. Mimi

    Oh my goodness! It’s too late for Halloween, but not for Thanksgiving! Thank you for this recipe! Great video!

    • Alida

      Thanks Mimi. I am having pumpkin almost every day!

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