The Perfect Cheeseball

January is kind of a weird time because on one hand, so many people are trying to make healthy eating choices, but on the other hand, it’s January and the weather is cold and blah, fresh fruits and veggies can be on the expensive side, and football-watching festivities are happening all around us (all leading up to the ultimate football-watching, snack-eating, commercial-enjoying festivity.) Whether you’re going to a party or just want something to munch on, this is the perfect cheeseball is the charmingly retro snack to do it with. Is it low in fat? No, no it’s not. But a) you can definitely make this with low fat cream cheese and b) it is low in carbs, and while, when it makes you sad when you eat some dips and spreads with veggies instead of crackers or bread, this cheeseball is fantastic with baby peppers, carrots, or celery.

Final Perfect Cheeseball from Our Best Bites

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had horrible “morning” sickness (read 24-hour sickness) for way longer than should be allowed. It was a horrible, vicious cycle where I didn’t eat because I couldn’t tolerate the thought and then I’d feel more sick because I hadn’t eaten. There’s a reason why there’s a 5 year gap between her and my youngest.

So anyway, just after I started my second trimester and still feeling miserable (but hungry), I went to a party with a group of friends where we all brought our favorite holiday foods. My friend Suzette brought this cheeseball and not only could I tolerate it, but I loved it! Miracle of miracles! 

Anyway…I’ve made this a number of tasty times since that fateful night and it’s just as good every time. It is LOVED at parties, to the point where I see people forgoing the crackers and just going straight for the big boy with a butter knife. So as you’re planning snacks for parties in the coming weeks, give this a try! Pregnant women (and everyone else) will love it!

To get started, finely chop some green onions…

Chopped Green Onions for Perfect Cheeseball

and some bell peppers.

Chopped baby peppers for Perfect Cheeseball

I just grab a bag of baby peppers and chop a few of those, then serve the rest of the peppers with the cheeseball.

Place those in a medium mixing bowl and add some shredded sharp cheddar cheese…adding shredded cheddar cheese to Perfect Cheeseball

some well-drained crushed pineapple…

drained crushed pineapple

softened cream cheese…

cream cheese for cheeseball

and seasoning salt.

seasoning salt for Perfect Cheeseball

Mix well.

Mixing perfect cheeseball ingredients

No matter how good my intentions, I always end up mixing it with my hands sooner or later.

Mixed Perfect Cheeseball ingredients

When thoroughly mixed, shape into a ball and roll in some crushed pecans.

rolling cheeseball in pecans

Chill thoroughly.

Perfect Cheeseball from Our Best Bites

Serve with crackers and/or vegetables.

Serving Perfect Cheeseball

The Perfect Cheeseball

Prep Time 15 mins Inactive Time 3 hrs Total Time 15 mins
Yields 1 Large Cheesball     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 2 8-ounce packages softened cream cheese (light cream cheese is fine)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell peppers (any color)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained very well (you can press it through a fine mesh strainer to help remove the excess liquid)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or pecan pieces
  • Crackers and vegetables for serving

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except pecans. Mix well (you may need to mix with your hands at some point.) When thoroughly mixed, shape into a ball and roll in crushed pecans. Chill thoroughly. Serve with crackers and/or vegetables.

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Recipe Notes

 

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26 comments

  1. I love homemade cheeseballs… but I’ve never had one with crushed pineapple in it… doesn’t that taste clash??

  2. Yeah, the pineapple part sounds a little weird, but it’s good, I promise! I think it’s the whole sweet and salty thing, kind of like pineapple on pizza. Seriously, don’t be scared! 🙂

  3. Mmm… that sounds tasty. I always roll mine in a little bit of chopped fresh parsley too, it gives it some color. By the way, I made your french dip sandwiches (FYI your link was broken on the last post) last night and they were so delicious!! I’m having leftovers for lunch today. Thanks for the great recipes!

  4. Ya know, I’ve never made a cheeseball before. Maybe this will be my year! I bet the sweet/salty combo is really good.

  5. That looks good to me…I have not made one in years…always liked the port cheese one…a friend made one that I am going to try and make this week…

  6. This looks so good, I’ve always wondered about making them. I might have to try it this year, it’s a perfect New Years food.

  7. I think my hubby would like this because of the pineapple in it, thqat cheese ball is perfectly round. I hope mine looks that good!

  8. This looks so good Kate!! I may have to try it. I’ve made a couple cheeseballs, but never with the pineapple, but it sounds like it’d be so yummy

  9. That does sound yummy! No super-exciting NYE plans, but we are having dinner with some family. No late nights for us though, with two little girls and a baby 🙂

  10. I have been making this exact cheeseball for years. A coworker had brought it in and no one could stop eating it. YUM!

  11. We use the same recipe but also add chopped up bacon pieces. It gives it a little bit of a smoked flavor. Its very tasty try it.

  12. I made this for a party last week and sad to say, it was not a hit. 🙁 I came home with at least 4/5 of it, which is a lot since this cheese ball is HUGE! I left out the peppers because I'm not a fan, but included the pineapple and honestly that's where I think it went wrong.

    If you're not sure on this one–try half the recipe first, so you're not left with a ton of leftovers if you don't like it.

  13. Thanks for your great recipes..I made this cheeseball for my daughters baby shower and it was a big hit,,,she loved it..I do think its the sweet and salty mix that makes it!! I will make it again for sure..thanks

  14. Great recipe. The pineapple and peppers complement each other. Many recipes of this variety are cream cheese only. Do not forgo the sharp cheddar. The bigger the batch the better.

    PS – Credit for this recipe goes out to Jean Kay Williams. The originator from Cardston, AB. 😉

  15. Could you make this using pineapple cream cheese rather than adding the pineapple? I tried to make a similar cheese ball once and I guess I didn’t get the pineapple drained well enough because it turned out more like dip than a cheese ball.

    1. Pineapple cream cheese would not be as good! Just make sure the pineapple is drained thoroughly. Let it sit in the strainer for like 15 min after you’ve pressed it with the back of a spoon and/or squeeze it out in a dishtowel or cheesecloth.

  16. I was so excited to stumbled upon this, I went right to a box of my Mom’s recipes, it is a match, . I had forgotten this one a long time ago.Thank you for the memories I will be making this , this season in memory of her 🙂 Kel

  17. Love this recipe! I’ve been using it for years and it’s very addictive. 🙂 I do leave out the pineapple though.

  18. This is almost identical to my mom’s cheeseball recipe that is DIVINE! Hers doesn’t have shredded cheese, though, and that sounds like a weird combo to me.

  19. I used to make this years ago and had lost my recipe. Thanks so much for posting it.
    When I was teaching school one of the teachers brought in. Dip that was make with tomato soup and lemon jello! . I know, sounds funny but it was delicious. Is anyone familiar with this?

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