Smoky Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe

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Smoky Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe

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Smoky paprika balances sweet pineapple in this distinctively different cheese ball. This is my family's all-time favorite holiday appetizer. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
MAKES:
22 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:
22 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in pepper, pineapple, onion, seasoned salt and paprika. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
Spread remaining pecans on a large piece of plastic. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; roll in pecans to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-3/4 cups.
Originally published as Smoky Pineapple Cheese Ball in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2017, p94

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • Assorted crackers
  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in pepper, pineapple, onion, seasoned salt and paprika. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  2. Spread remaining pecans on a large piece of plastic. Shape cheese mixture into a ball; roll in pecans to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-3/4 cups.
Originally published as Smoky Pineapple Cheese Ball in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2017, p94

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