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Sweet + tangy Pineapple Cheese Ball is crusted with pecans for a perfect combination. The juicy pineapple pops are irresistible!

Serve this Pineapple Cheese Ball with your other Game Day Appetizers, for a holiday or special occasion, or when entertaining guests. It’s great for dipping, and pairs perfectly with crackers or spread on your favorite bread.

Pineapple Cheese ball surrounded with a variety of crackers.

Hawaiian Cheese Ball

I love a good Cheese Ball appetizer – like our Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, or sweet Chocolate Chip Cheeseball! They are perfect for serving at parties, and are always a big hit

This Pineapple Cheese Ball has a deliciously sweet, fruity twist! It’s filled with pineapple, giving it a Hawaiian flair, which I LOVE. The pecan crust pairs perfectly with the cheese ball flavors.

This cheeseball with pineapple is sure to be a party favorite. Serve it at your next holiday gathering, like New Years, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or just whip it up when the craving strikes! It’s that good.

Measured ingredients for pineapple cheese ball on a kitchen counter.

Made in minutes

While this Pineapple Cheese Ball is made in minutes, it does require some chill time, so be sure to plan accordingly!

MIX. Combine cream cheese, salt, chopped bell pepper, chopped green onions and crushed pineapple in a medium mixing bowl.

FORM + CHILL. Make one large cheese ball out of mix (or you can divide in two and make two smaller ones). Roll in chopped pecans and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. If mix is too runny, refrigerate before forming into a ball.

ENJOY! Serve with crackers, veggies and more!

Combining the ingredients for cheese ball with pineapple in a glass bowl.

Recipe tips + variations

Use room temperature ingredients, especially the cream cheese. Pull it out of the fridge about an hour before you plan to make the recipe. 

Crackers. Serve this cheese spread on just about any type of cracker. Some of my favorites include: Wheat Thins, Ritz, and Triscuits. You can also spread it on sliced baguettes and mini bagels.

Variations. Instead of making one large cheese ball, create smaller bite sized balls. Serve on top of a cracker, or stick a toothpick or pretzel stick into each one.

Change up the flavors using a few of these ideas: 

  • Shredded cheese. Mix in some shredded cheese. Avoid crumbly cheese and hard cheese. Cheddar Cheese, Manchego, and Swiss Gruyere are a few soft cheeses that pair well with pineapple.
  • Mix ins. Add diced green bell pepper or celery. Be sure not to add too many, otherwise the ratio of the cream cheese to mix-in’s gets off balance, and it won’t hold together. 
  • Nuts. Combine or substitute the pecans with walnuts or almonds.
Mixed ingredients for pineapple cheese ball in a glass bowl.

More appetizers to add to your spread

Coating the pineapple cheese ball with pecans in preparation of chilling.

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. This cheeseball needs to be chilled for a couple of hours, but can easily be kept for a couple of days before serving.

STORE. Leftover cheese ball will keep in your fridge for about 4-5 days. When storing, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. 

FREEZE. This dish is best when served fresh, but it can be frozen. Note that the texture may change, but it’s still edible and delicious.

Wrap the cheese ball tightly with plastic wrap, and again with foil. Keep in the freezer for 1-2 months. Thaw before serving.

Pineapple cheese ball surrounded by crackers with a carrot stuck in the side.

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Pineapple Cheese Balls

By: Lil’ Luna
Sweet + tangy Pineapple Cheese Ball is crusted with pecans for a perfect combination. The juicy pineapple pops are irresistible!
Servings: 8 people
Prep: 10 minutes
Setting Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green onions chopped
  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple completely drained
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
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Instructions 

  • Combine cream cheese, salt, chopped bell pepper, chopped green onions and crushed pineapple in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Make one large cheese ball out of mix (or you can divide in two and make two smaller ones). Roll in chopped pecans and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. If mix is too runny, refrigerate before forming into a ball.
  • Serve with crackers, veggies and more!

Nutrition

Serving: 11/4 cup, Calories: 89kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 292mg, Potassium: 73mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 309IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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2 Comments

  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    We really enjoy cheese balls. Especially during the holidays. I really like the combination of cream cheese and pineapple. So yummy!!

  2. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love pineapple, so I was so excited to come across this recipe!! I could eat the whole thing!! It is bursting with flavor!!