If you don't mind a softer cheese ball, you can make and serve it right away (no need to refrigerate).
8ozcream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2cupssmoked Gouda, grated
10-15grinds black pepper, use smallest setting on the grinder
1Tbsp.crispy bacon, cooked and chopped
1/8tsp.red pepper flakes, optional
1honey crisp apple, sliced
8ozsalami, made into flowers (folded in quarters)
1 4.5ozpackage 34 degree rosemary crisps
1 4.5ozpackage 34 degree cracked pepper crisps
36Lindt chocolates, in wrappers
Mix cream cheese with Gouda cheese. Mix in the black pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (optional). Form into a ball; coat with bacon. Place nuts in a shallow dish. Roll cheese ball in nuts to fully coat, pressing them into the ball. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 2 hours (optional). Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.
Place the cheese ball on a small plate in the center of a round board. Around it, lay down the cherry tomatoes.
Around the inner outside edge, lay down the Lindt chocolate pieces.
Cut an apple in half; slice and fan each half on either side of the cheese ball.
Fill in open areas with salami flowers (folded in quarters), and fanned out crackers!