I Could Have Been a Cheese Ball, but the Pecans let me down...

Deb Kotansky

By
@Deb77


WARNING!! This is totally addicting!! You will lick the spoon, you will lick the beaters, you will search frantically for a cracker! It will call you from the fridge late at night... Think I'm kidding? Ok..make it. I dare ya!!! lol

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Rating:

Comments:

Serves:

ONE... ok, if you share, quite a few

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Deb tells us that this is better on the second day, but we'd eaten it all by the end of the first day! This is a terrific appetizer for any occasion and could easily be pepped up even more by adding your favorite hot sauce or jalapenos.... if you're so inclined. Happy snacking!

Ingredients

8 oz
cream cheese
8 oz
cheddar cheese, grated fine
1/2
green bellpepper, diced small
2
green onions, chopped small (green & white parts)
1/2 c
crushed pineapple in own juice (small can will do)
1/2
jar diced pimento (drained)... or one of those really tiny jars
1 tsp
seasoned salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Have cream cheese at room temperature. Combine all ingredients and mix with mixer. Chill well before serving.
2
I usually use the whole jar of pimento. Mostly because I love pimento, but also because I never know what to do with the rest of the jar, lol. Or... you could double this and use the whole jar. I don't drain the pineapple.. works just fine either way. Just remember to chop the onion and bell pepper really small... tiny even.
3
Originally this was a cheese ball recipe. You were supposed to divide mixture in half and roll each portion in chopped pecans, forming 2 balls. The first time I made this, I made balls. Never again! If you don't eat it all, the pecans get rubbery in the fridge. Ever since then, I just make it as a spread and serve in a bowl with really good snack crackers. It is ever better the second day, so can be made a day ahead.
4
If you really feel the need to make this into balls, I would suggest draining the pineapple and putting mixture in the fridge for an hour or so before trying to roll it in chopped pecans. It makes 2 cheese balls.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers, Spreads
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy