Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball
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    15 mins
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Crushed pineapple, pecans, and bell pepper flavor this delicious cheese ball. The appetizer spread is shaped into a ball and rolled in chopped pecans. This has long been a visitor favorite, and for good reason! 

This is a delicious cheese spread for a party or gathering. Arrange crackers or croutons around the cheese ball and have plates and napkins available for guests. A plate of small slices of ham would be wonderful with this spread.

Make it the day before or make it just before the party. It's delicious either way.

What You'll Need

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper, or mixture of green and red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, divided

How to Make It

In a bowl combine cream cheese, drained crushed pineapple, chopped bell pepper, chopped green onion, seasoned salt, and 1 cup of the chopped pecans. Mix well to blend ingredients.

Chill the mixture in refrigerator until it's quite firm and then shape into a ball. Return it to the refrigerator until serving time.

Put the remaining chopped pecans in a container. Cover and set aside until serving time.

Just before serving roll the cheese ball in the remaining cup of chopped pecans.

Serve with assorted crackers or simple crostini or croutons. It would be a delicious spread to serve with slices of ham as well.

Makes about 3 cups of cheese spread.

Tips and Variations

  • Instead of chopped pecans, use two cups of chopped walnuts in the recipe. 
  • Finely chopped red onions may be used as a substitute for the green onions.

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