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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball



With the holidays in full swing, there will be lots of opportunities to entertain family and friends. What better way to celebrate the season than with a sweet and spicy cheese ball recipe with cream cheese?  Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball and a glass of Pink Moscato wine make the perfect start to any holiday celebration!

Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy cheese ball appetizer recipe for all your holiday entertaining needs!

(Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not indicative of opinions of Gallo Family Vineyards.)

Sunday Supper is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards and pairing seasonal wines for the holidays. I'm here to tell you about my new favorite wine...Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato

It's sweet and bubbly and just the way I like it.  I know some prefer drier and less sweet wines, but for those of us on the "sweet white wine" team, Gallo Pink Moscato is a winner!


Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy cheese ball appetizer recipe for all your holiday entertaining needs!


This Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball pairs perfectly with Gallo® Pink Moscato. I'm not a huge wine connoisseur but I know what I like, and isn't that all that is important? This sweet and savoury cheese ball recipe pairs great because it's a little sweet, a little hot and has a cream cheese base which tastes great with sweet white wines. The addition of salty bacon just takes it over the top!

It makes a great appetizer for all your holiday celebrations! I like to serve it with buttery crackers.


Bacon Pineapple Jalapeno Cheese Ball | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - easy recipe for a delicious appetizer for any occasion or party!


How do you make an easy cheese ball?


Since this time of year is so busy, you'll be happy to hear this cheese ball is super easy to throw together! Just mix everything all up and plop onto some plastic wrap and chill. Once it's chilled, it's very easy to shape it into a ball or any shape you like! (You can even leave it in a bowl and just use it a spread!) I really like the addition of walnuts, so I roll it in walnuts to finish and serve with multi-grain crackers.


Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy cheese ball appetizer recipe for all your holiday entertaining needs!

How do you make a cream cheese ball?


It's easy to make a cream cheese ball. Start with cream cheese that's at room temperature. To help mold the shape, line a small bowl with plastic wrap. In another bowl, combine all the cheese ball ingredients. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the plastic wrap lined bowl and bring up the sides of the plastic wrap to create a ball shape. Put the plastic wrapped ball and bowl into the refrigerator to chill. Once chilled, it will hold its ball shape or you can shape it into any shape you like. You can then roll it in whatever ingredients you are covering it in. With this Bacon Pineapple Jalapeno Cheese Ball recipe, that's walnuts. Place on platter and store in refrigerator until just before you are ready to serve. 


Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy cheese ball appetizer recipe for all your holiday entertaining needs!

Enjoy this delicious and easy to make Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball with friends and family this holiday season and be sure to pair it with your favorite Gallo Family Vineyard wine!   


Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Bacon Pineapple Jalapeno Cheese Ball
A slightly sweet, slightly spicy cheese ball perfect for all your Holiday entertaining!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature (can use reduced fat)
  • 5 oz jar of Old English Spread (Sharp Pasteurized Process Cheese Spread)
  • 1 TBSP dried onion (or use 1 tsp. onion powder)
  • 1 finely minced fresh jalapeño pepper
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 2 TBS well drained, crushed pineapple (no liquid!)
  • a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine everything except the walnuts.
  2. Place onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form, with the wrap into a ball shape. (you can place this into a small bowl to help it keep shape) Chill  at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, roll in walnuts and serve with crackers and a delicious glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins. (Plus Chill Time)
Total time: 5 mins.
Tags: Gallo Family Vineyards, Sunday Supper, Cheese, wine, Bacon, Pineapple, Jalapeño, appetizer




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11 comments:

  1. So much yummy in that cheese ball. Sweet and spicy and salty and I'd attack it in a second.

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  2. Now THIS is a delicious way to start out a holiday gathering! What a fabulous cheese ball!

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  3. A classic combination, nothing better than a cheese ball and fine wine.

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  4. Yum!!! I love cheese balls. They always remind me of my mom. She would make when one we had company :)

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  5. These flavors sound fantastic together!

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  6. Wow! That's a lot of delicious flavors in one tasty cheeseball.

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  7. What a fabulous combination of flavors! I love the sweet/spicy idea.

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  8. I love cheese balls, but this looks out of this world! I can't wait to try it!

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  9. Love these flavors! Those Christmas charms are so cute!

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  10. Cheese balls are so classic and always a winner. Great flavors in this one and so easy when we need it most at the holidays! Thanks for sharing, Renee!

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  11. So delicious and super easy!I'd love to try this one :)

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