Pineapple and Jalapeno Cheese Ball with Pistachios

Pineapple and Jalapeno Cheese Ball with Pistachios

I decided to make a lighter, healthier cheese ball to go with fresh fruit, fresh veggies and some crackers. I wanted it to have a hint of hotness and some good flavors, but I did not want it to be heavy. I made up this recipe and luckily it turned out really good so I am sharing it with you. I took it to a girl’s weekend and they loved it too. Make it for your next party!

What you Need: 

  • 1, 16 ounce package of low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups finely grated reduced fat white cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup of well crushed or finely chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp your favorite hot sauce
  • approx. 1 cup of crushed, raw pistachios to cover the cheese ball
  • plastic wrap

How to Make: 

  1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything is well blended.

  1. Roll out a sheet of plastic wrap and put half the cheese mixture in the center.
  2. Carefully use the plastic wrap to form a ball and seal it in the plastic wrap.
  3. Repeat with the remaining cheese.

  1. Put both wrapped cheese balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from plastic wrap and roll each ball in crushed pistachios until well covered.
  3. Wrap each ball in clean plastic wrap and either serve or refrigerate.
  4. Let stand about 15 minutes before serving to let it soften.

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15 thoughts on “Pineapple and Jalapeno Cheese Ball with Pistachios

  1. That looks totally delicious. My mom always made cheese balls when I was growing up. I have yet to do it and now I am anxious to try.

  2. I have never seen this type of recipe before but I can think of a lot of folks who would really enjoy it. Perfect timing for holiday get togethers! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My family absolutely loves a good cheese all for the snack table! This recipe sounds absolutely fabulous and delicious!!

  4. Oh my goodness this looks delicious. Im a jalapeño type of girl and this sounds like something I would eat.

  5. I have seen these kind of cheese balls in the shop but I never imagined that I could do one myself. I love the combination of pistachios with pineapple and jalapenos. You definitely got the sweet and spicy taste in it!

  6. I love that you combined pineapples and jalapenos – two of my favorite things! I bet this tastes amazing. It would be perfect for holiday parties!

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