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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Momma’s Cheese Ball

This is a long time family favorite.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked for this recipe.  To be a little more creative, you can serve it in a fresh pineapple that has been scoped out or fresh peppers that have been cored.  To do this, don’t drain the pineapple and put all the nuts in before mixing.

Servings: 12
Cook Time: Prep Time: 15 minutes; Total Time: 4 hour and 15 minutes
Meal Type: Appetizer
NC Ingredients: Pecans

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8oz. packages Cream Cheese
small can crushed pineapple, drained well
cup finely chopped green pepper
Tablespoon seasoned salt (Lawry's)
Tablespoons finely grated onion
cups chopped pecans (fine)


Combine all, except 1-cup pecans (best if done with hands) and form into 2 balls or 1 big one.

Wrap in wax paper and chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours.

When cooled, shape into better ball(s) and roll in rest of nuts.

Chill.  Freezes well.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.