Crushed pineapple, chopped pecans, green onions, and bell pepper flavor this delicious cheese ball. The appetizer cream cheese spread is shaped into a ball and then rolled in chopped pecans. This has long been a visitor favorite, and for good reason!
This is a delicious cream cheese spread for a party or gathering. Arrange buttery crackers, bagel chips, or crostini 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 as well.
Make it the day before or make it just a few hours before the party. It's delicious either way.
- 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 cream cheese 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 with simple baked crostini slices (see below) or croutons. It would be a delicious spread to serve with slices of ham as well.
- Makes about 3 cups of pineapple cheese spread.
How to Make Basic Crostini
- Slice a narrow French bread baguette thinly on the diagonal.
- Brush both sides of each slice with good quality olive oil. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Arrange the slices on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 5 minutes. Turn the pieces and continue baking for 5 minutes longer.
- If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese just before it's done.
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.
- Add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley or cilantro for additional flavor and color.
- For festive holiday color, use a combination of sweet green and red bell pepper in the spread.
- Toast the pecans. Arrange the pecans in a large, dry skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring and turning constantly, until they are aromatic and lightly browned. Remove to a plate immediately to halt the cooking process. See Also: How to Toast Nuts (Three Ways)