Polynesian Cheese Ball

Jane Whittaker


This won in one of the appetizer weeks of the Real Women of Phuladelphia in 2010. I was so excited to win.
I just found out that this recipe will be in their Real Women of Philadelpia cookbook coming out ths fall.
I just received a copy signed by Paula Deen!!! What a thrill!. The recipe was changed into a cheese log and the name is Polynesian Cheese Log. it is on page 22. The Book is The Real Women of Philadelphia season one.
That's quite a thrill for a lil ole country girl like me.
Dippers for this are crispy wheat crackers, pineapple spears, or vanilla wafers.

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15 Min




16 oz
philadelphia cream cheese with pineapple
1/4 c
sweetened flaked coconut
1/4 c
crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly
2 medium
green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp
seasoned salt
1 Tbsp
rum extract, or 2 teaspoons of run, the real stuff
2 c
macadamia nuts, divided

Directions Step-By-Step

A trick to keep the pineapple from moving,is take a slice to flatten one side. I usually trim off leaves that are not pretty, and use the best side of the pineapple facing up.
Soften cream cheese to room temp.
Mix all together well, reserving one cup macadamia nuts to roll ball in. If using as a dip, like here, just use 1 cup of nuts.
If making a cheese ball, form 1 or 2 balls, roll in nuts, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Overnight is better.
Another nice idea was given by the appetizer's host's daughter. She put it into a pineapple half as just a dip, and it was so pretty that way. In that case you wouldn't want to roll it in macadamia nuts, the cup of nuts you reserved, sprinkle on top for garnish.
You can more or less ingredients if you like, to your taste. I have even used rum instead of rum extract.
The flavors are really best if made the day before.

About this Recipe

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