Pina Colada Cheese Ball

Here’s a different sort of cheese ball that you can serve at your next party or get-together: Pina Colada Cheese Ball.

Pina Colada Cheese Ball

Now that we are coming up on Super Bowl, the king of all party food days, my thoughts have turned to all the goodness that the day will be hold. And by goodness, I mean cheese, because it’s a law to have cheese on Super Bowl Sunday. With that, I decided it was officially time. It was time to conquer the CHEESE BALL!

Most of the parties or get-togethers in our house involve some sort of cheese ball. Invite me to your party and I might just bring a cheese ball to that too. Oh, but the thing is…I’ve never made one homemade. So, yeah, if you invited me to your party pre-January 2014, I would have probably brought one that I picked up at the grocery store. But, of course, that’s sort of my motto: the food blogger who doesn’t bring her own homemade food to parties. But that’s a story for another time.

My thinking has been that cheese balls were hard to make, or most likely, not worth the effort. During Christmas, I thought I would give it a try after all these years. I saw all the best cheese balls on Pinterest and I was determined to make a perfect one. I could just imagine my kids saying “cheese balls can be made at home?”. Ah, yes…it’s true, little ones. But, as it always is during the holidays, I was running short on time and went with the old store-bought cheese ball once again.

Pina Colada Cheese Ball

Now that we are coming up on Super Bowl, the king of all party food days, my thoughts have turned to all the goodness that the day will be hold. And by goodness, I mean cheese, because it’s a law to have cheese on Super Bowl Sunday.  With that, I decided it was officially time. It was time to conquer the CHEESE BALL!

I wanted this cheese ball to be a bit different than the usual. I decided to create a Pina Colada Cheese Ball, which is full of ingredients my family loves: pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts. Remember how I said I thought it was hard? Well, it’s not. Okay, yeah, there is a few steps, such as toasting coconut and macadamia nuts (which I actually toasted a bit toooo much). It’s definitely more involved than opening a cheese ball from the grocery store, but it’s not difficult.

Pina Colada Cheese Ball

I also said that I thought it might not be worth the effort. I was wrong again — after tasting this cheese ball, I definitely think it’s worth the effort (which really is minimal effort… this isn’t a 25-step recipe). The (somewhat) trickiest part is forming the cheese mixture into a round ball. It’s not too hard though, and once you start coating it in nuts, it’s easier to handle and shape.

Pina Colada Cheese Ball

This recipe will make two cheese balls that are about 14 ounces each. Or, I guess you could make one huge cheese ball, but I think having two of them is perfect. You can put both out at your party OR tuck the 2nd one away so you can enjoy it after your guests go home.  What they don’t know won’t hurt them.

Pina Colada Cheese Ball

Here is the recipe — it’s ready for you to print or add to your ZipList recipe box:

Pina Colada Cheese Ball

Yield: 2 cheese balls, approximately 14 oz each

Ingredients

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts; toasted, chopped, and divided
  • 2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened slightly
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped (about 4-5 green onions)
  • 1 cup sweetened flake coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, except 1 cup of the macadamia nuts. Mix until well blended.
  2. Place remaining 1 cup of macadamia nuts on a plate. Divide mixture in half and shape each half into a round ball with clean hands. If necessary, clean hands again during shaping to help ensure a smooth shape. Place one cheese ball into remaining nuts and coat with the nuts, pressing gently to ensure that they are sticking to the cheese ball. Repeat with remaining cheese ball.
  3. Place cheese balls on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Notes

--To toast coconut and nuts: place the coconut (or nuts) in a dry skillet and heat over low heat. Stir constantly to keep coconut (or nuts) moving. Keep toasting and stirring until toasted to your preference. Keep watch -- they will begin to brown quickly. Just when they look brown enough, remove from the heat completely.

--Adapted from a recipe in "Cooking with Pheeling" cookbook

http://homecookingmemories.com/pina-colada-cheese-ball/

Now, how’s ready for an awesome giveaway by one of my most favorite brands??

OXO -- Sponsor for #AppetizerWeek
Our sponsor for Day 1 of Appetizer Week is OXO. We are so happy they joined us today. OXO is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier. Their tools are designed with everyone in mind, they are not only efficient but they are also comfortable to use. As food bloggers we spend a ton of time in the kitchen. We need our tools to not only stand the test of time, but to be as user-friendly as possible. OXO tools meet all those requirements. You can follow OXO on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Today’s OXO Prize Pack valued at over $256 includes:

***Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner must be 18 years of age or older. No substitutions or cash value will be given***

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by OXO. #AppetizerWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

For a chance to win the OXO Prize Pack, enter on the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit all the other Appetizer Week participants for more Football Munching Temptations:

About the Author: brandie (551 Posts)

Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


Comments

  1. I love my oxo box grater

  2. I love my OXO cookie scoop!

  3. I really love these mixing bowls!

  4. I love my veggie peeler!

  5. I love my pop top containers!

  6. I love the OXO veggie peeler!

  7. I love oxo tongs.

  8. I love my serrated peeler :) makes peeling potatoes so easy!

  9. OMGhee….this sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  10. My mom would make cheese balls for all the neighbors at christmas each year so I’m an old pro however I’ve never thought of these flavors! Sounds AWESOME!! I think I’ll try this for the big game. Great idea!

  11. I long for a cookie press of quality, and I bet OXO’s would be good quality.

  12. My favorite OXO item is 3 Piece SteeL POP Container Set

  13. I love the salad dressing shaker!

  14. Their mixing bowls are amazing! Love them and use them all the time.

  15. My OXO can opener is hands down my favorite – we got this one after a slew of inferior ones and even a year later still find ourselves exclaiming “it works! it works!”.

  16. Jennifer Brown says:

    The Silicone Pastry Brush is my favorite.

  17. I love their tongs!

  18. I love the autumn cookie cutters!

  19. First of all, this looks amazing!! Second, my fave OXO products are the angled measuring cups, followed closely by the fat separator measuring cup!

  20. Congrats! this is a great idea!

  21. The food mill is awesome!

Trackbacks

  1. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  2. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  3. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  4. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  5. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  6. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  7. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  8. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  9. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  10. […] Pina Colada Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

  11. […] Pina Colado Cheese Ball by Home Cooking Memories […]

Speak Your Mind

*