Cheese Ball with Pineapple and Jalapeno
This Cheese Ball with Pineapple and Jalapeno is a delicious appetizer for any party. It adds a little "Retro" feel and has been a crowd pleaser at every gathering. I have included directions for adding finely diced ham if you would like to make it a more substantial bite. I love it with or without the ham, it's up to you.
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
- ¼ cup finely chopped green onion green parts only
- ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup cooked ham finely chopped (optional)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, pineapple, jalapeño, green onions, Worcestershire sauce and ham (if desired)together all until completely blended.
Turn cream cheese mixture out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Use plastic wrap to help shape the cheese mixture into a ball or other desired shape. (NOTE: if you would like to make this recipe a day or two ahead of time, wrap the cheese ball in plastic and refrigerate WITHOUT the nuts. Remove from the refrigerator at least one hour before serving and proceed with the steps bellow.
Transfer cheese ball onto a serving plate.
Press pecans into the sides of the cheese ball.
Refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving. (Disregard if you made this ahead of time)
Serve with crackers or vegetable dippers.