Appetizer Recipes

EASY Pineapple Cheese Ball

This pineapple cheese ball is the perfect cheese ball recipe! It is slightly sweet with an amazing flavor that will be a favorite with kids and grown ups alike. This is my favorite appetizer recipes.

This pineapple cheese ball is the perfect cheese ball recipe! It is slightly sweet with an amazing flavor that will be a favorite with kids and grown ups alike. This is my favorite appetizer recipes. Yummy!

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Pineapple Cheese Ball

I love appetizers! No big meals to make, just lots of little tasty dishes to sample – it totally appeals the foodie in me! Our family serves appetizers for dinner on some weeknights, along with game night, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, before Thanksgiving dinner, and lots of time when we have groups of friends over to gab or play games.

When serving appetizers the trick is to offer a variety so you don’t end up with too many starch, meat, or sweet appetizers. Our “go to” appetizers are easy crockpot meatballs, potato skins, bacon wrapped chestnuts, muddy buddies, and this delicious pineapple cheese ball recipe.  We like trying new recipes like this yummy spinach artichoke dip, quiches, and anything chocolate is always great. But this easy cheese ball recipe has earned it’s place as tradition and “the cheeseball we always make” in our home. I know you will love it too!

Unlike many other cheese ball recipes that are hard to spread or filled with really strong cheeses (like blue cheese that most kids… and even some adults don’t like) – this cheese ball is a little sweet. The gentle sweetness of the pine apple contrasted with the tart / sour onion taste gives a lot of depth to flavor that your guests won’t even realize what is in it – just that they like your appetizer dish! You will love the slight Hawaiian flavor of this easy cheese ball. Plus it is so quick to whip up and looks really pretty with it’s pop of red and yellow too!

This sweet pineapple cheese ball is a MUST for your next party or get together. Even pick eaters and kids will love the gentle flavor, sweet fruit and creamy texture. This appetizer is seriously YUMMY

Sweet Pineapple Cheese Ball

Nothing goes better at a party than a cheese ball with crackers. It is delicious, elegant, and easy to prepare. This pineapple cheese ball recipe is the perfect cheese ball because it is slightly sweet with a little “hm” what is that mixed in that makes it sooooo yummy! It is a favorite with kids, parents, and picky eaters too. Plus, this cheese ball recipe only takes 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip together!

red pepper, yellow pineapple, cream cheese, walnuts

I like to use two 16 oz blocks of full fat Philadelphia cream cheese and let it sit on the counter about an hour to soften up a little big. Then put it in a large bowl and use a mixer or electric beaters to whip up the cheese into a creamy spread. It only takes a couple minutes. If you can do that by hand – you are my hero!

blend the red pepper, crushed pinneaple, and onion into the pineapple cream cheese dip

Chop up 1/2 pepper and add to the cream cheese mixture. I like to use red peppers because they have such a robust and sweet flavor; plus they give it a pretty pop of color. You want to chop them up to less than 1″ each.

Next, add 1/2 cup crushed pineapple with the extra liquid squeezed out. My kids like to call this a hawaiian cheese ball because of the pineapple in it.

Then, add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion. (Don’t skip this, it contrasts with the sweet pineapple beautifully to give it that  WOW – what is that flavor moment.)

use a mixer with a beater to blend together the easy cheese ball recipe

Pineapple Cream Cheese Ball

Finally sprinkle lightly with salt and mix all the ingredients in the mixer until well blended; it only takes 1-2 minutes.

creamy pineapple dip

Look how creamy it looks! Go ahead, I know you want to snitch a taste of this cheese ball recipe with pineapple – crazy good, right?!

Pineapple Cream Cheese Ball

Now if you want to – you can serve the pineapple dip right now for a super quick 5 minute appetizer. Of if you are prepareing dishes ahead and have some time, allowing the flavors to hang out together will make it EVEN YUMMIER!

Using a spatula pile up the cheese ball in to a ball in the center of the bowl and chill for about 2 hours, although you can chill it overnight if you like. Just makes sure you cover it in foil so it doesn’t pick up any flavors from your fridge.

Hint: Chilling not only makes it easier to shape and coat with walnuts, but it also allows the flavors to blend. 

form the Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip into ba vall and coat with walnuts

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip

Using your hands, shape the cheese mixture into a ball. If you don’t like to get your hands dirty just scoop the cheese mixture onto parchment or wax paper. Then, only touching the paper shape into a ball and peel back the paepr.

Finally, roll  the cheesball in walnut pieces to coat all over. Not only does this help it looks spectacular – a real Martha Stewart worthy appetizer, but the walnuts provide protein to balance out the sugar in the crackers your family and friends are going to eat.

Sweet Pineapple Cheese Ball is a super easy, family favorite, appetizer recipe

Place the cheese on the center of a large plate or platter and serve with your favorite crackers around it. Doesn’t it look so pretty! Personally, I think buttery crackers like Townhouse or Ritz go best with this appetizer!

pineapple cream cheese ball recipe

Seriously guys, this is a do not miss recipe that will be your families new go to appetizer recipe. You can whip it up with just 5 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! WOW!

The creamy dip has such a wonderful flavor with just a hint of sweet and little sas. Even picky eaters will gobble this up and ask for seconds!

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This pineapple cheese ball is the perfect cheese ball recipe! It is slightly sweet with an amazing flavor that will be a favorite with kids and grown ups alike. This is my favorite appetizer recipes. Yummy!
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Perfect Pineapple Cheeseball Recipe

This is the perfect cheese ball recipe! It is slightly sweet with an amazing flavor that will be a favorite with kids and grown ups alike. This is my favorite appetizer recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Chill time20 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cheese, chesse balls, easy, family favorite, pineapple, yummy
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Beth Gorden

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 mediume red pepper, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion (Don’t skip this, it contrasts with the sweet pineapple beautifully)
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 box Townhouse Crackers (or Ritz)

Instructions

  • In a mixer add 2 blocks of cream cheese; cream together.
  • Add chopped pepper, crushed pineapple, dash of salt, and onion to cream cheese mixture. Cover and chill for 20 minutes or overnight. (this will help the flavors mingle and make it easier to shape)
  • Using your hands, shape the cheese mixture into a ball and roll in walnut pieces. Place on cheese platter and serve with your favorite crackers.

Looking for the best cheese ball? You will LOVE this dreamy pineapple cheese ball recipe! It is slightly sweet, takes only 5 minutes and is a hit even with picky eaters. Yum!

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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