Kate's Cuisine

Jan 06 2017

Pimento and Pineapple Cheese Spread


I have been waiting and waiting to tell you all about this recipe. It’s something I served waaaay back on Christmas Day, as part of the spread I put out for people to munch on while they were waiting for dinner. The spread is divine, but the story behind it is even better.

It’s a recipe my mom sent me, with the exact intention of including it somewhere on my Christmas menu. Before I even read the recipe from 77 Recipes, I was in love. The title is “I Could Have Been A Cheese Ball, But The Pecans Let Me Down”. Don’t you feel bad for this spread that was almost a cheese ball, but never got the chance? The author goes on to say that the first time she made it, she included pecans that went all mushy and soft in the fridge, ruining the true wonderfulness of the cheese ball.

Now, I don’t really like cheese balls in the first place. They’re so hard it’s nearly impossible to get a cracker in without breaking it into a million pieces, and they just seem a little outdated. And to be honest, I wasn’t even sure how much I would love the combination of pineapples and cheese – never mind that I didn’t have a clue how pimentos would taste when they weren’t stuffed inside green olives. But, ever trusting of my mom, I made it and once again, she didn’t let me down. This is probably the best cheese spread I’ve ever had. And next time, I think I’ll even put extra pineapple and pimento in it – they’re the best parts!

  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature $3.49
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, finely grated $2.49
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced $0.35
  • 2 green onions, chopped finely $0.34
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, with juices $1.75
  • 1/2 cup pimento, finely diced $2.24
  • 1 teaspoon salt $0.01

Total cost $10.67
Cost per serving $1.33

1.) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until it is completely softened.

2.) Add all other ingredients and mix again on low speed, just to fully incorporate all ingredients.

3.) Place in the fridge for an hour or so before serving.

4.) Serve and enjoy!

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