Holiday Pineapple Cheese Ball

Jason Walker / Heavy Table

Jason Walker / Heavy Table

Nothing means the holidays to me like this cheese ball. Arriving at my grandparents’ house in Caney, Kansas, I’d bolt to the fridge, unwrap it, and go to town. My grandma, who can’t remember where the recipe came from, made it every year. The ingredients are awfully simple, but the pineapple sets it into orbit. And it’s super easy. Form one big ball or five small ones; it’s up to you.

Holiday Pineapple Cheese Ball

Serves 4-5

16 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp chopped green onion
2 tbsp chopped green pepper
¼ c drained, crushed pineapple
2 tsp seasoned salt
2 c chopped pecans

Soften cream cheese. Add onion, pepper, pineapple, seasoned salt, and one cup pecans. Mix well. Shape into ball(s) and roll in remaining pecans. Chill several hours. Serve with crackers.

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Jason Walker

Jason Walker was born and raised in Kansas, where he grew up loving his grandmother’s homemade noodles and weekly fried fish. A summer internship in Milwaukee turned Jason and his wife, Leita, into die-hard fans of the Northwoods culture, and they moved to Minneapolis in 2006. Immediately the quality of food and drink in the Twin Cities was impressive – that even the most unassuming bar usually had a decent menu – and Jason knew he was home. Now living in the Fulton neighborhood with two kids, Jason grows tomatoes, cans voraciously, and badgers his neighbors with conversations about restaurants.

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10 Comments

  1. The cheese ball makes an appearance – I love it! Scary that I’m thinking of making this just because I have all of the ingredients at home.

  2. artsy 11/25/2009

    I know this is good because it has my favorite pizza toppings from my youth………pineapple, green pepper, onion…and cheese!

  3. Wish I had grown up with access to this! Instead, perhaps I will make it this Christmas when I see my family. Sounds addictive and perfect for snacking in between feasts. :)

  4. I’ve had it and can vouch for it. “Addictive” is a really valid word to bring into play here.

  5. Thanks to your recipe, my first-ever cheese ball debuted successfully at a Thanksgiving Eve potluck, though no one could discern the secret ingredient. Might go up to 1/3c or 1/2c next time. (And there will definitely be a next time!)

  6. Katie Mintz 12/01/2009

    I’m also vouching for Jason’s cheese ball. It is simply amazing.

  7. Lavon Sigler 03/05/2017

    Is there anything else I could roll a cheese ball in besides as I
    can’t eat nuts?