How to Make Pineapple Cheese Ball

by Alli

I adore the stories behind recipes and most of mine have a story or two.  I remember the first time I was offered this Pineapple Cheese Ball.  I was barely twenty-something (not that long ago  – wink, wink) and was at a New Year’s Eve party at the home of a good friend.

As I was surveying the food choices, my friend insisted that I try her new cheese ball recipe.  It was on my plate and about to be shoveled into my mouth with the help of a cracker when I asked what was in it (it’s not rude when it’s your good friend) and she replied, “pineapple.”  I could not imagine pineapple being one of the ingredients in a savory cheese ball.  I almost backed out of tasting it, but that cracker, holding that dab of cheese ball, was dangling in mid-air and I couldn’t put it back down.  There was only one way to go:  Up.  Gulp.  Chew.  Swallow.

I couldn’t believe it!  It is the best cheese ball I have ever tasted.  The flavors mingled and complemented each other so well.  It was the perfect dance!

I left the party that night with the recipe in hand.  Since then, it’s become my recipe.  People ask me for “my cheese ball recipe.”  And it’s the only cheese ball I make.

Did I mention how easy it is to make this cheese ball and that you make it ahead to allow the flavors to meld together?  Did I mention that you must use Sociables?  That’s the only cracker I use with mine.  It just goes together.  But I’ll let you off the hook.  You could use crudites or whatever you like.  I like Sociables.

Pineapple Cheese Ball

When making this Pineapple Cheese Ball, be sure and drain the pineapple. Before I add the pineapple, I squeeze it a little to get all the liquid out.

Note:  The recipe calls for one tablespoon of seasoning salt (I use the one with no MSG).  Because I like salt to actually compliment the food and not overpower the taste of the food and because I’m not a big salt user, I only use 1/2 tablespoon of the seasoning salt.

Pineapple Cheese Ball

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Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (8-1/2 oz.) can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt (I use ½ Tablespoon and the one with no MSG)

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese, pineapple, onion, pepper, ½ cup of the pecans and the seasoning salt. I use my stand mixer set on the lowest setting or you can do it by hand.
  2. Refrigerate until firm (about one hour).
  3. I usually make it the night before and refrigerate it overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and form into a ball.
  5. Cover with remaining pecans. Serve with crackers.
  6. (To cover with pecans, I place the pecans on a paper plate and roll the cheese ball around in them until well covered.)

Pineapple Cheese Ball

 

 

30 comments

Cindy Eikenberg December 30, 2013 - 7:12 am

Alli, this sounds delicious and I love the stories behind recipes, too! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever made a cheese ball and I love cheese! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipe – pinning! I hope you enjoy the last Monday of 2013 and wishing you much joy and happiness for 2014!

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Alli December 30, 2013 - 8:58 am

Thanks for pinning, Cindy! Have a great week and a Happy 2014!

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Adrianne December 30, 2013 - 8:13 am

It looks delicious – I LOVE cheese balls. I usually flake out and buy one at the deli at the last minute, but this looks pretty do-able, and make-ahead is always a winner! Thanks for sharing!

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Alli December 30, 2013 - 8:57 am

This one is so easy and so, so good.

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Sherree Phillips December 30, 2013 - 8:49 am

I have this recipe and it is the best tasting and easy to make cheese ball.

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Alli December 30, 2013 - 8:55 am

This recipe is probably the number one cheese ball recipe in Georgia! We all love it! 🙂

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Leah Hostetler December 30, 2013 - 10:28 am

My hubby would absolutely Love this! Pinning to make later 🙂

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Alli December 30, 2013 - 11:49 am

Thanks for pinning, Leah! Hope he likes it. My husband sure does. And my oldest daughter was in NY for Christmas (it was their turn to spend it with her in-laws) and she made me save her some.

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Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications December 30, 2013 - 10:37 am

My niece makes the Pineapple Cheese ball which is super good! I will certainly try your recipe, sounds really good!! I think we will certainly enjoy this one too!!

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Alli December 30, 2013 - 11:47 am

Thanks, Shirley! I’ve been thinking about you and yours all weekend (and praying, too). Hope your dog is feeling better.

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Jeannie December 30, 2013 - 10:50 am

Pinned and will definetely have it at our New year eve party.

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Alli December 30, 2013 - 11:46 am

I hope you like it as much as we do!

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Anna @ Northern Homestead December 30, 2013 - 12:07 pm

It looks so yummy! And I can totally see pineapples and pecans to be in there, .. but with onions? Well, I will have to trust you on this and just try it. Thanks for the recipe!

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:42 am

You know, the onions are chopped so fine that you really only get the flavor and the texture is not off putting. Hope you like it.

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Jane Rutherford December 30, 2013 - 1:17 pm

I have been making this for years also and everyone loves it. I didn’t know about the seasoning salt so will have to try it. I agree that you should cut the onions and bell pepper up really fine, so you just get the flavor. Most people never guess that it has onions in it. Happy New Year! Aunt Jane

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:43 am

The seasoning salt is what puts it over the top, but I think the tablespoon is way too much. Half of that works great. Happy New Year!!

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Renew Your Space December 30, 2013 - 2:44 pm

There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect combination of flavors in a non-traditional way. I love finding new combos of things I would never dream of putting together. ~Renee

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:44 am

You are so right, Renee. I would have never thought of these flavors together, but they compliment each other so well.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication December 30, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Oh, that looks yummy! I’ve never had pineapple in a cheese ball at all! Sounds interesting!

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Kim December 30, 2013 - 5:14 pm

I’m so excited about this recipe. Years ago a friend brought somethings similar to a party but we have lost touch and I never got the recipe. I pinned this and think I might add it to tomorrow night’s party menu!!!

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:39 am

Glad I could help. I love it when I find a recipe that I thought I had lost forever. Now, if I could just find that stuffed squash recipe that I used to make in the microwave . . . 🙂

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Our Family Inspired Home December 30, 2013 - 5:51 pm

That is an interesting combination! I think I need to try this one!

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:37 am

I’ve always thought this was a weird combination, but somehow it works. Hope you like it.

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Laurie December 30, 2013 - 6:13 pm

My mom put together a cookbook with stories. Love it! I’ve read it twice (and use the recipes). This cheese ball looks like a must try!

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:36 am

I bet your mom’s cookbook is a great read and what an awesome idea. I know you will cherish it forever.

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Time With Thea December 30, 2013 - 10:48 pm

This looks so tasty and so easy to prepare. Thank you! Pinning! ~Thea

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Alli December 31, 2013 - 4:35 am

It is tasty, Thea! Thanks for pinning!

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Meegan January 3, 2014 - 10:33 pm

We are having a family gathering this weekend, and this is perfect to serve. I am so excited to give it a try.
Pinned 🙂

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Alli January 4, 2014 - 6:36 am

Hope your family enjoys the cheese ball! Mine sure does.

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