My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. It is my favorite cheese ball and I like it best on buttery round crackers.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
2 hrs 10 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 tennis ball sized balls
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, celery, bell pepper, onion, and crushed pineapple. Divide the mixture in half and form two balls out of the mixture. Roll each ball in the pecans. Chill until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 7.6g; fat 14.7g; cholesterol 30.8mg; sodium 89.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2006
We've used a similar recipe in our family during the holidays for years. Substituting some red peppers will add more color. As mentioned, about 1 tsp seasoning salt is a must. If you don't want to use nuts, but still want additional texture, try adding 1/2 to 1 cup grated cheddar cheese. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
Disappointing. Flavor was bland took me more like 25 to 35 minutes to prepare rather than 5 and I cut the recipe in half but the size ball I ended up with was much larger than a "tennis ball". Read More
(18)
177 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 114
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2006
We've used a similar recipe in our family during the holidays for years. Substituting some red peppers will add more color. As mentioned, about 1 tsp seasoning salt is a must. If you don't want to use nuts, but still want additional texture, try adding 1/2 to 1 cup grated cheddar cheese. Read More
(140)
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2006
I have made this cheeseball twice. It always gets great reviews by those who eat it. I recommend NOT draining the heck out of the pineapple though. It loses a lot of flavor that way. It is a little wet/runny right after you make it but after sitting in the fridge for a few hours or overnight it's just fine. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(102)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe if not done right becomes a dip instead of a ball. Drain the pineapple really well and also used CRUSHED pineapple like it calls for. I accidentally got pineapple chunks thought it would be ok so I whipped with a mixer the cream cheese and pineapple together and it came out too wet and then I just decided to use it as a dip but adding all the ingredients even the crushed pecans and people still loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2008
I have a very similar recipe that always gets rave reviews. With mine you leave out the celery use red instead of green bell pepper and 2 or 3 chopped green onions instead of minced onion plus a tsp. or so of season salt. One way to make it thicker is to grind an additional cup of pecans (I use my blender) and stir that into the cheese ball before shaping. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2007
This is the best cheeseball ever! I always add a splash of Worstershire to give it a subtle sweet and salty flavor. It's definitely addicting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2003
I really enjoyed this recipe. I did make one mistake which i believe was not draining the pineapple thoroughly. The mixture was very creamy. I could not form it into a ball until i stuck it in the refigerator for 4 hours. It never really set up they way it should have so i put it on a platter and formed it into a rectangle. I then covered it with the pecans. I'm anxious to make this again. I will drain the pineapple with a strainer:) For sure a keeper even if it never sets up right for me. The taste is wonderful:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Wonderful cheeseball was a hit at the pot luck. Definately let it sit for a while to allow the flavors to blend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2015
I got this recipe from my grandmother over 30 years ago and I still make it. Have tried many cheese balls over the years and this is still my favorite! But what's with the picture? It does not look like it's rolled in chopped pecans... Okay new picture is better! This is also very good on celery for the gluten-free folks! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
Disappointing. Flavor was bland took me more like 25 to 35 minutes to prepare rather than 5 and I cut the recipe in half but the size ball I ended up with was much larger than a "tennis ball". Read More
(18)
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