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Thursday, January 10, 2013

World's Best Cheese Ball

World's Best Cheese Ball from @whatchamakinnow - cream cheese, pineapple, green onion, green pepper, pecans!  Best appetizer!

Okay, that might be a stretch, but to me this is the World's Best Cheese Ball. I grew up having his cream cheese delight at Thanksgiving and Christmas, usually at my grandma's house. We really wouldn't make it any other time, as far as I can remember. But now that I'm all grown up I make this cheese ball whenever I darn well please. My sister does the same.

World's Best Cheese Ball from @whatchamakinnow - cream cheese, pineapple, green onion, green pepper, pecans!  Best appetizer!

The problem with this recipe is that we all just 'dump and pour' and don't always work from a recipe. So, I chatted with my mom and sister, and dug up the recipe my aunt wrote out for me to make sure I was giving you the best version. 

World's Best Cheese Ball from @whatchamakinnow - cream cheese, pineapple, green onion, green pepper, pecans!  Best appetizer!

I hope you enjoy this family favorite just as much as my family. 

World's Best Cheese Ball

2, 8 oz bricks of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained 
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 tsp seasoning salt (more or less, depending on your preference) 
1 cup chopped pecans 
*crackers for dipping

Combine cream cheese, pineapple, onion, pepper, and seasoning in a bowl. Mix until all combined. 

Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Pour cream cheese mixture into bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This will allow you to shape into a ball. Put in the refrigerator to firm up; a couple hours or overnight. 

Once firm, remove from the plastic wrapped cheese ball and shape into a ball. Sprinkle serving dish with pecans and place the unwrapped ball o' cheese onto the pecans/plate. Sprinkle with remaining pecan and lightly pat so they stick. 

Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.