cheese ball

National Cheese Ball Day!

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It’s National Cheese Ball Day and this one just never gets old!  It is one of my most-requested dishes and everyone seriously goes crazy for it.

The cream cheese, pineapple, green bell pepper, and walnuts make an absolutely addicting combination.  One batch can make three small or two large balls.  However, I highly recommend that you bring two large cheese balls to your potluck.  I recently only brought one to a party and it got ugly.

Lesson learned!  This cheese ball is so good that people will fight over it!

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened

1 – 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 T. finely minced white onion (sweet onion is my first choice)

1 tsp. seasoned salt

2 cups chopped walnuts (use 1/2 in recipe and 1/2 for rolling the cheeseballs)

Crackers (Ritz are my favorite with this!)

Combine the cream cheese, pineapple, bell pepper, onion, salt, and 1 cup of the chopped walnuts.  Refrigerate until firm.  Form cheese balls and roll in remaining walnuts.  You can serve right away or put in an airtight container and refrigerator until serving time (keeps for about 3 days).  Then serve with crackers.  Ritz crackers are especially good with this recipe.

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