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

Deb Kotansky Recipe

By Deb Kotansky Deb77

ONE... ok, if you share, quite a few
No-Cook or Other

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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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!


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

Directions Step-By-Step

Have cream cheese at room temperature. Combine all ingredients and mix with mixer. Chill well before serving.
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.
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.
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
Collection: Festive Feasts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Gail Herbest Gaillee
Jul 12, 2015
I doubled this and took it to a cookout yesterday. Everyone loved it ! Thanks for sharing,I will be making it again soon :-)
Deb Kotansky Deb77
Mar 20, 2015
I can't believe this little recipe has been pinched 14,000 times... wow! So happy people love it as much as we do :)
Feb 23, 2015 - Bobby Webb shared this recipe with discussion group: "HOW'S YOUR WEATHER".
Linda Wasko Linda105
Nov 19, 2014
Oh Deb. I pinched this a while back. Just made it for a jewelry party my daughter in law was having. OMG. You are so right. Gave a couple of loaded crackers to hubby. He came looking for more. So had to make a batch for us to keep.
It didn't last long on the buffet either. So glad I pinched this. Thanks for sharing.
Virginia Torbert Virginia_Torbert
Oct 31, 2014
Just made this and it is flat out delicious. I'd double the recipe from the get go - makes it easier - the 4 oz pimento jar and the small crushed pineapple can all go in (Plus if you're bringing to a party, you will need it : ) I whipped the cream cheese first, then added the other ingredients and put the cheddar cheese in last, made it easier to blend.