Pineapple Cheeseball

Cheese Dips & Cheese Balls, Southern Appetizers
This pineapple cheeseball is a party favorite. It's fresh, citrusy, and a perfect combination of salty and sweet that tastes good on a cracker.

This pineapple cheeseball is a party favorite. It’s fresh, citrusy, and a perfect combination of salty and sweet that tastes good on a cracker.


Everyone enjoys a great appetizer to start their meal or just to nibble on during a party or special event. The tropical taste of pineapple, the rich smooth flavor of cream cheese, and the savory goodness of ham make this appetizer a great start to any occasion.

The peak growing season for pineapples runs from March through July. However, they are available year round. This recipe calls for canned crushed pineapple so you are good to go anytime.

You might add fresh pineapple on the serving tray as a garnish to display your cheese ball at is finest.

A Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe For Your Appetizer Table

Also, if you’re a pineapple lover, check out our pineapple pound cake or our homemade 3 ingredient pineapple ice cream.

A pineapple cheeseball on the plate with wheat thins

Can you freeze this?

If using recently bought ingredients, your cheese ball should last about 2 weeks in the fridge in airtight container. If the ball has fruit, veggies, nuts, and meat (like this one), it might last less time. A close eye would help you determine its “shelf” life.

To freeze a cheese ball, wrap it tightly in two layers of plastic wrap before placing in the freezer. When you are ready to serve, thaw the ball for a full 24 hours in the refrigerator. The texture will be less creamy and slightly more crumbly.

You can freeze cheese balls rolled in nuts, but rolling the ball in nuts or other toppings immediately before serving is also an option.

What can I add to this recipe to make it more spicy?

This cheese ball is tasty as is, but to spice it up you could add sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese to give it a richer, fuller flavor.

The addition of cayenne pepper, paprika, or a chopped jalapeno pepper would rev up the taste even more.

Experiment with ingredients until it is just right for you and your taste buds.

ingredients for the pineapple cheeseball in clear bowls

What all can you roll the pineapple cheeseball in?

This recipe calls for your cheese ball to be rolled in chopped pecans. You could substitute walnuts, peanuts, almonds, or even macadamia nuts. Try it different ways to determine which nutty flavor you prefer.

My family has pecan trees, so these nuts are an easy choice for me.

How to roll a cheese ball in nuts

You have a few options here.

First, you can chop the nuts and then press them gingerly (I love that word, don’t you?) into the sides so that you are determining where they are going.

Second, after you’ve refrigerated your cheese ball for AT LEAST one hour (preferably more if you’re going to roll), take it out immediately and roll it around on a plate with chopped nuts. So you’ll put the nuts on a flat level on a plate, then roll the ball around.

how to roll a cheese ball in nuts

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion, green parts only
  • ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup cooked ham, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

stirring the ingredients for a pineapple cheese ball

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together all of the ingredients EXCEPT pecans until completely blended.
  2. Using plastic wrap, shape the cheese mixture into a ball. Transfer to a serving plate. Press the pecans into the sides.
  3. Refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving.
  4. Serve with crackers or vegetable dippers.

Pineapple Cheeseball

This pineapple cheeseball is a party favorite. It's fresh, citrusy, and a perfect combination of salty and sweet that tastes good on a cracker.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pineapple
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 1028kcal
Author: Rachel Norman

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped, green parts only
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked ham finely chopped, (optional)
  • 1 cup pecans chopped

Instructions

  •  In a large mixing bowl, beat together all of the ingredients EXCEPT pecans until completely blended.
  • Using plastic wrap, shape the cheese mixture into a ball. Transfer to a serving plate. Press the pecans into the sides.
  • Refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving.
  • Serve with crackers or vegetable dippers.

Notes

Note: You can garnish the serving tray with fresh pineapple for finishing touch.

Nutrition

Calories: 1028kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1329mg | Potassium: 1243mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 2756IU | Vitamin C: 150mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 5mg

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