This retro pineapple cheese ball is full of sweet and savory flavors like green onion, pineapple, red bell pepper, seasoned cream cheese, and chopped pecans.

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Pineapple Cheese Ball! This retro pineapple cheese ball is full of sweet and savory flavors like green onion, pineapple, red bell pepper, seasoned cream cheese, and chopped pecans. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Pineapple Cheese Ball

I love serving up unique flavor combinations, and one of the best (and easiest!) ways to do that is mixing up sweet and savory tastes.

And that’s exactly what this pineapple cheese ball does, in all its retro style glory. The sweetness of the pineapple reacts with the cream cheese, peppers, and onions in all the best ways, giving you a fun dip to serve and enjoy for any occasion.

Pineapple cheese ball with pecans and red bell peppers.

What does a pineapple cheese ball taste like?

If you’re a fan of sweet and savory flavors, then you’re in luck – that’s exactly what this cheese ball tastes like.

The tart cream cheese is tamed by the sweetness in the pineapple, and that sweet flavor is kept from in check by the fresh green onion and red bell pepper. Putting it all together, it creates a really tasty balance.

What can you serve with a cheese ball?

When it comes to cheese balls, there are so many fun options for dipping! I tend to think a good, firm cracker works best for cheese balls, but you could use a variety of firm veggies or baked breads as well.

Try any (or many) of the options below and see which you like best:

Easy cream cheese ball with pineapple recipe.

Can you make a cheese ball in advance?

Yes, you totally can make a cheese ball in advance! In fact, they’re ideal for prepping ahead.

Just follow the recipe directions as written, but once the cheese ball is prepared, you can either wrap it again in plastic wrap (highly recommend, so the coating stays on) or you can store the cheese ball in a sealed container.

Once stored in the refrigerator, a cheese ball will remain good for two to three days.

Can you freeze a cheese ball?

Yes, you totally can!

To freeze, just wrap the prepared cheese ball in plastic wrap and store in the freezer. The cheese ball should remain good for one to two months.

When ready to eat, just allow the cheese ball to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

How long can you leave out a cheese ball?

Whenever you serve a dip for your guests to enjoy, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.

For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature. This cheese ball will still be a little chilled when served, and this should give you an extra 30 minutes beyond the two-hour window, depending on the temperature of the room and how long ago the cheese ball left the refrigerator.

As the party goes on, you can return the cheese ball to the refrigerator once you get past the two-hour mark. If your guests still want more dip, let it chill for at least 30 minutes before bringing it back out again.

How to make a pineapple pecan cheese ball for parties.

Notes & tips for this simple cheese ball recipe

  • For preparing and storing a cheese ball, make sure you have some plastic wrap on hand. It makes a huge difference!

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How to make a cheese ball with pineapple

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl) whip the cream cheese until soft and pliable. The softer and fluffier it gets at this stage, the better.

Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 1 - Add cream cheese. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 1 - Whip until fluffy. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 1 - Whip until fluffy.

Step 2 – Turn off the mixer, then toss in the following ingredients: shredded pineapple (make sure it’s very drained), green onion, red bell pepper, and seasoned salt. Use a spatula to gently fold all of the ingredients together, making sure to scrape around the sides of the bowl.

Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Add shredded pineapple. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Add red bell pepper. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Add green onion. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Add seasoned salt. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Mix well. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Mix well. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 2 - Mix well.

Step 3 – Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap, then scoop the cheese ball mixture into the center. Lift up the sides of the plastic wrap and thoroughly wrap and cover the mixture, forming it into a ball.

Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 3 - Lay out plastic wrap. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 3 - Add cream cheese mixture to center. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 3 - Pull plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture, forming a ball. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 3 - Pull plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture, forming a ball. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 3 - Pull plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture, forming a ball. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 3 - Pull plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture, forming a ball.

Step 4 – Chill the cheese ball in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Step 5 – On a clean work surface, spread out the chopped pecans. Unwrap the cheese ball and place on top of the pecans, then use your hands to cover and press the pecans into the outside of the cheese ball.

Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 5 - Add pecans. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 5 - Place chilled cheese ball on pecans. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 5 - Press pecans into the surface of the cheese ball. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 5 - Press pecans into the surface of the cheese ball. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 5 - Press pecans into the surface of the cheese ball. Pineapple Cheese Ball Step 5 - Press pecans into the surface of the cheese ball.

Step 6 – Place on a serving plate with crackers and enjoy!

Full recipe tutorial on how to make a pineapple cream cheese ball.

Recipe Details

Pineapple Cheese Ball! This retro pineapple cheese ball is full of sweet and savory flavors like green onion, pineapple, red bell pepper, seasoned cream cheese, and chopped pecans. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.2 from 5 votes

Pineapple Cheese Ball

15 mins prep + 2 hrs Chilling Time
286 kcal
Yields: 10 servings
This retro pineapple cheese ball is full of sweet and savory flavors like green onion, pineapple, red bell pepper, seasoned cream cheese, and chopped pecans.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), whip cream cheese until smooth, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn off mixer and add pineapple, red bell pepper, green onion, seasoned salt to bowl. Use a spatula to gently fold all the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.
  • Lay out a piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface, then scoop the cheese ball mixture in the center. Pull up the sides of the plastic wrap to cover the cheese mixture, confining it to the middle. Once completely wrapped in plastic, use your hands to smooth the cheese into a ball shape. If needed, use a second piece of plastic wrap to secure the ends.
  • Place wrapped cheese ball in the refrigerator until firm, at least 2 to 3 hours.
  • When ready to serve, spread out chopped pecans on a flat surface. Roll the cheese ball in pecans, using your fingers to press and stick the pecans to the cheese.
  • Serve pineapple cheese ball immediately with crackers for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 913IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Melinda T.
    • 5 stars

    I have been making this cheese ball for years and it is a big hit with my family. Even those family members who don’t care for pineapple. You can barely even taste it. Just make sure you squeeze out as much juice from the crushed pineapple as possible or it will have more of a dip consistency.