Cheese Ball

Cheese Ball

Mary Clarkin, retired Cleveland Clinic Certified Nurse Practitioner, shares her Cheese Ball recipe. It's one of Mary's favorite recipes and always a big hit at family gatherings and during the holidays!


  • two 8 oz blocks of cream cheese
  • one 8½ oz can of crushed pineapple, drained (Note: pineapple needs to be squeezed and drained well for best results)
  • two cups of chopped walnuts (1 cup inside mixed with all ingredients, other cup save for outside the cheeseball)
  • ½ cup of green pepper or red pepper
  • two tablespoons chopped onion

Recipe can be cut in half.


  1. Mix all ingredients very well and then form a ball on a piece of aluminum foil.
  2. Sprinkle the other cup of chopped walnuts on outside and both sides of the cheeseball.
  3. It forms one large cheese ball or two small cheese balls.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Can also freeze and then thaw out a few days before using.
  6. Serve with favorite crackers.