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Bacon Jalapeño Pineapple Cheese Ball Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (about 6 slices)
    • 1/4 cup diced jalapeños (adjust to taste)
    • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
    • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • Salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or a mixture of chopped nuts (for coating)

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Prep the Ingredients

    In a medium-sized bowl, ensure that the cream cheese is softened.

    Cook the bacon until crispy, then crumble it into small pieces.

    Drain the crushed pineapple to remove excess moisture.

    Dice the jalapeños, removing seeds for less heat if desired.

    Chop the green onions.

    Step 2: Mix the Cheese Ball Ingredients

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, diced jalapeños, crushed pineapple, chopped green onions, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.

    Mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combined.

    Step 3: Shape the Cheese Ball

    Place a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter.

    Scoop the cheese mixture onto the plastic wrap and shape it into a ball.

    Wrap the cheese ball tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours or until it becomes firm.

    Step 4: Coat with Chopped Nuts

    After the cheese ball has chilled, unwrap it and roll it in the finely chopped pecans or mixed nuts until it is evenly coated.

    Gently press the nuts onto the surface of the cheese ball.

    Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

    Place the Bacon Jalapeño Pineapple Cheese Ball on a serving platter.

    Serve it with crackers, sliced baguette, or vegetable sticks.

    This savory and flavorful Bacon Jalapeño Pineapple Cheese Ball is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

    The combination of crispy bacon, spicy jalapeños, sweet pineapple, and creamy cheese creates a delightful appetizer that’s both easy to make and delicious to enjoy.

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