Brent’s former colleague at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Michelle Buffardi, has written a fun and clever entertaining book with easy recipes for cheese balls that will be the hit of any party.
And she’s shared one with us!
Serves 15 to 20
The pineapple is a symbol for hospitality and friendship and serves as an image of welcome . . . not unlike the appetizer. Nothing will welcome friends better than a pineapple-flavored, pineapple-shaped appetizer.
2 bunches scallions
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained well
1 small jalapeño, cored, seeded, and diced
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 cups pecan halves, toasted, for decorating
Crackers, for serving
Cut the green tops off the scallions; set aside. From the white parts of the scallions, chop 1 tablespoon and reserve.
Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, pineapple, jalapeño, cumin, salt, and the reserved tablespoon chopped scallions until combined. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Before serving, remove the cheese ball from the plastic, mold into a pineapple shape, and set it on a platter—it should look like an oval with a flat top. Arrange the pecans to look like the skin of a pineapple (you may need less than 2 cups, but choose the best-looking pecans to decorate the cheese ball). Stick the reserved green scallion tops in the top of the cheese ball to look like the crown of a pineapple.
Serve with crackers.
For more fun entertaining ideas, check out the book, Great Balls of Cheese. Click here