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Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Appetizer

Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Appetizer
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Earlier this week I shared an recipe for that favorite of holiday party appetizers, deviled eggs, and today’s post features another party classic — the cheese ball!  Like deviled eggs, cheese balls are versatile can be flavored in limitless combinations depending on your choice of add-ins and seasonings.  Cheese balls are also a snap to make, and can be prepared the night before, so they are ready when you are on party day.

Cheese balls gained popularity alongside canapes, pigs in a blanket, and the aforementioned deviled eggs during the 1950’s, but it tuns out that cheese balls were making news in New England long before then.

In 1801 the town of Cheshire in western Massachusetts caused a stir when it sent a 1235-pound ball of cheese to Washington, D.C. as a gift for the new President, Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson was popular with the mostly-farming communities in the western part of the state, but eastern residents of the Bay State weren’t pleased to hear about the “mammoth cheese” gift, since it was Massachusetts’ own John Adams that Jefferson had defeated.

Today’s cheese balls clock in under two pounds, and are traditionally made with a mixture of softened cream cheese and shredded cheese, flavored with any combination of herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and even bacon.

Once the cheese mixture has come together in the mixing bowl, it is patted into a ball shape using a rubber spatula, then tipped onto a plate or pie dish, where it is rolled in whatever will be the outside of the cheese ball.  Nuts work well, as seen here:

Once coated, the cheese ball can be covered in plastic wrap and chilled until it’s time to serve.  Arranged on a platter with crackers and a knife for spreading, cheese balls are a holiday party classic that we just can’t seem to shake.

Click to view and print the recipe for Pineapple-Cheese Ball

Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


As Yankee's Digital Editor, Aimee manages, produces, and promotes content for Yankee's digital and social media initiatives. A lifelong New Englander, she loves history and a good Massachusetts South Shore bar pizza.
Updated Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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3 Responses to Easy Pineapple Cheese Ball Appetizer

  1. Jen @ December 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    I haven’t even made a cheese ball. But they are very versatile and great to make for parties…

  2. Helen December 19, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I am going to do a cheese ball for Christmas .Hope turns out well .We will see !!!

  3. Judiann Walker February 1, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    I have made this recipe for almost 30 yrs…and every time I take it to a party
    The guys “hang out” around the cheese ball til it’ s gone…and people want the recipe.
    It is addicting..even those who don’t normally like cream cheese..
    I do alternate some of the ingredients…not much…just on occasion..
    Have plenty of cracker varieties…At Christmas, I also mix fresh chopped
    Parsley in with the chopped nuts..

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