PINEAPPLE CHEESE BALL – HAM

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Pineapple cheese ball is a recipe you will make over and over again.  This pineapple cheese ball is wonderful any time of the year and can be served at any gathering or just make it for family as a good appetizer or snack when you want something to munch on.  They make great gifts and you can freeze one for later.  Make this when you have friends and family over on game day and you won’t have any left.

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup cooked, chopped ham

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped green onion or regular onion

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped nuts, (pecans, walnuts, almonds. Use whichever you like best)

Combine chopped ham, green pepper, celery, onion, salt and drained pineapple in a bowl.  Mix well with spoon and add 1/2 cup chopped nuts.  Mix cream cheese with a mixer and fold in other ingredients with a spoon.  Use your hands to shape into two round balls.  Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for a couple hours.  Remove from fridge and roll in chopped nuts. Serve with your favorite crackers.  This makes 2 good sized cheese balls.  Each one feeds 6 to 8 people.  Enjoy!

Note:  If freezing, I don’t roll in the nuts.  I just wrap in saran wrap, then put in freezer bag and freeze.  Roll in nuts once thawed.

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