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
ΒΌ 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.


  1. artsy

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

  2. Marie

    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. :)

  3. brian g

    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!)

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