i should be mopping the floor: Aloha Cheeseball {Awesome #PartyFood}

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Aloha Cheeseball {Awesome #PartyFood}

Looking for an easy party food recipe that your guests will love? This cheese ball has something for everyone: salty and sweet with lots of texture and yumminess. Cheese ball recipes are always a hit around here...and this one is no exception.

I first tasted an Aloha Cheeseball at one of my friend's houses back in high school. Her mom had made it for us to snack on...we finished the entire thing in the duration of one movie. It was sooo good. Over 20+ years later and it's still one of my favorite combination of flavors.

I recently saw a super similar recipe from Nikki at Chef in Training. She also included powdered sugar in hers...so I decided to give it a whirl. It did not disappoint! It's now a staple in mine. 

You'll Need:

  • half of a package of diced ham {sometimes I make two cheeseballs to use it all up}
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 2 {8-ounce} packages of cream cheese {softened}
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans {I've also used chopped macadamia nuts in this, too, to add even more "aloha" to it. Our store was out of them last week, though.} 

Drain your pineapple really well. Any excess liquid will make your cheeseball not want to form an actual ball.

Mix all ingredients except nuts. Fold everything together until incorporated.

Form a ball. Gently wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a couple of hours. Remove from plastic wrap and roll into the chopped pecans. Wrap again and chill until ready to serve. {If you're making this for a party the next day, go easy on the green onions. They seem to get more intense the longer the flavors are able to marry. And their flavor tends to take over the entire cheeseball after more than a day}.

I actually like to serve these with the scoop-style Fritos or tortilla chips...the saltiness of the chips is so yummy with the pineapple in this. My friend's mom always served hers with Triscuits. 

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  1. Wow, I am going to have to give this a try someday.

  2. We love making cheeseballs around here. This is differnt version I'm tempted to try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Now I need to have a party to make this. Otherwise I would eat it all by myself!

  4. I need to have a party so I can make this...otherwise I will eat it all by myself!

  5. Mmmm! Looks good! I wonder if this would work with a substitute for ham. Maybe turkey bacon or turkey pepperoni?

  6. This sounds very interesting! I gotta pin it for the next party :)

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  9. Wow! This looks strange but also very delicious. I love all of the ingerdients but I don't know if I'd like the taste of the mix. Well, I will make it and I will find out :)