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Pineapple Pecans Cheese Ball Appetizer

I love this pineapple pecans cheese ball appetizer that is great for any type of gathering you might think of. Holidays, games, potlucks, birthdays, and anything else in between, this recipe will be one of the stars on the table.

Pineapple Pecans Cheese Ball Appetizer in a white plate with crackers and a knife

Cheese ball with pineapple and pecans

I was not used to doing a lot of appetizers over the years. My entertaining style is pretty elaborate in terms of main dish and dessert, so the appetizer part of it was always kept simple.

A small platter of cheese, salami, and other cold cuts, a few olives, a vegetable spread or an eggplant dip, was all I was doing in terms of starters.

Lately, trying to improve and expand my appetizer repertoire, I remembered that every party in Minnesota has some sort of cheese ball appetizer made with all kinds of ingredients. 

These cheese ball recipes are very popular as you can serve them with crackers or vegetables for a healthier or low-carb option. They are easy to put together and loved at any party.

You can make them vegetarian if you want to by removing the ham.

If you want to make it regular, you can add other cold cuts or bacon instead of ham.

What kind of ingredients do you need to make this appetizer?

  • Cream cheese
  • Crushed pineapple from a small can– this one needs to be drained really well
  • Green onions
  • Chopped ham or bacon
  • Powdered sugar

I was kind of surprised when I tasted the first time this cream cheese ball. The powdered sugar doesn’t make this appetizer sweet, it only balances the flavors, so I am not recommending transforming this pineapple pecans cheese ball appetizer into a dessert. 

This means only adding the amount of sugar that the recipe requires and not more.

I saw many recipes with salt in the cream cheese, but I think the salt ruins the whole thing and makes it saltier than necessary.

After all, these cheese balls are served with salty crackers, and there is bacon or ham in them, which also adds savory to it. 

How To make this pineapple cheese ball :

The first step is to drain the can of crushed pineapple. Place the pineapple in a strainer and press it gently to remove as much moisture as possible from the pineapple. 

Note: I was reading some comments on other blogs saying something like this: “I did not like this recipe at all! I followed the instructions and ended up with a mixture that was too thin to stay in a ball!”

Ummm, I bet that person skipped the part where the blogger was talking about draining the juice from the pineapple.

So, she made a dip instead because the pineapple juice thinned out the cream cheese. Oh well!

Step two is to gather the ingredients and get them ready for the recipe. Chop the green onions and the ham and set them aside. 

Toast the pecans if you want to; they bring more flavor to the final product. Set them aside and allow them to cool.

Step three is to place the cream cheese, pineapple, ham/bacon, green onion, and powdered sugar in a medium ball and combine them. 

cream cheese with ham- for the appetizer in the works

Step four– Lay a piece of plastic foil on the table and place the cheese mixture on it. Form it into a ball and chill it for an hour.

Meanwhile, crush the pecans or the walnuts (you can use those instead) and roll the cheese ball on them, very gently pressing so the nuts stick to the ball.

Refrigerate until served. When serving, place the cheese ball on a platter and surround it with crackers or veggies.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes, you can. These recipes last about 2-3 days in the fridge, so you can definitely make it in advance.

What do I serve this with?

Crackers are the most popular ones, but you can also serve sliced baguette, crostini, vegetables like small sticks of celery, sliced red peppers, carrots, and even slices of apples. 

cream cheese appetizer with pineapple, pecans and ham

How long can this cheese ball stay at room temperature?

That depends a lot on the room’s temperature, but for safety, I would not leave it outside for more than two hours.

After all, cream cheese is perishable, and most perishable foods should not be outside the refrigerator for a long time.

During the party, you can refrigerate it after two hours, and if your guests would like more of it, it is good if it sits in the fridge for a while and goes back to a solid consistency.

Can I use a stand mixer for this recipe?

Yes, you can. It will definitely prepare this recipe in no time. I use my Kitchen Aid all the time for savory or sweet recipes. A perfect lifesaver! 

Did I tell you that last year my family relocated and I had to sell my Kitchen Aid as it was not working overseas due to the different voltage?

Well, as soon as we settled, a new Kitchen Aid was ordered, as my life cannot be the same without one.

When a friend of mine found out that I am selling my Kitchen Aid, she said: “What is wrong with you? You cannot give that away. A KitchenAid is like a family member! “

I agreed with her, but I had no choice at the time. 

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Anyway, if you are still reading my article, I commend you, but it is time to get off the computer, phone, or iPad and start making the recipe. 


Cream cheese appetizer with ham, pineapple and pecans served with crackers

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Pineapple Pecans Cheese Ball Appetizer

This Pineapple Pecans Cheese Ball Appetizer is perfect to make around the holidays, parties, games and whenever you entertain and need a little appetizer.
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple cheese ball, pineapple pecans cheese ball appetizer, pineapple pecans cheese ball recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 231kcal


  • 32 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple in a can, well drained
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar or to taste
  • 2 green onions chopped small
  • 3 tablespoons chopped ham Or crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup chopped roasted pecans


  • Combine first five ingredients together.
  • Mash into a ball and chill.
  • Slightly roast the pecans in a pan for 2 minutes or until they develop the flavor. Allow to cool, then chop them small or crush them.
  • Roll the cheese ball pressing very gentle into the crushed pecans to cover entirely.
  • Refrigerate until served.
  • Serve them with your favorite crackers.


  1. Add powdered sugar to taste. It can be more or less than two tablespoons.
  2. Chopped ham adds saltiness to the cream cheese, so there is no need to add salt to the recipe, especially if you serve this with salty crackers. Crumbled cooked bacon works nicely in this recipe as well.
  3. Make sure the pineapple is drained really well. Otherwise, the cream cheese will become too thin and will not stay together in a ball.
  4. For an elevated taste, try to roast the pecans for a few minutes in a pan until they develop the flavors.
  5. Pecans can be replaced with walnuts.
  6. Do not skip the green onions. They bring color, texture, and flavor this slightly sweet and delicious appetizer.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 1mg
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