Pineapple Cheese Ball


2  packages cream cheese (8 oz. or 240 g.); softened
1 can (10 oz. or 300 g.)crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup choped red pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Vegeta


  • In a food procesor or blender beat cream cheese until smooth.
  • Gradually stir in pineapple, 1 cup chopped pecans and rest of ingredients.
  • Shape into a ball, and roll in remaining nuts.
  • Wrap in clear wrap or foil.
  • Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Serve with crackers or breads.

Serves 25 to 30 people.

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Did You Know?
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