Cheese Ball Maximus

"I am posting this recipe because it is my very favorite cheese ball ever. You are going to love it. Yes, the prep takes a little while but it is so worth it. Please follow directions carefully for success. Please do not do it with a processor as you want distinctive pieces of stuff. It is a very pretty cheese ball. Cook time is refrigeration time."
photo by Kim D. photo by Kim D.
photo by Kim D.
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Ready In:
24hrs 30mins
1 medium cheeseball




  • The key to this cheese ball is the prep.
  • After finely chopping each item, please blot well with paper towel.
  • You must do this or you will have a cheese dip.
  • Pay close attention to blotting the cherries or you will have very pink cheese ball.
  • Mix well and form into a ball and chill overnight.
  • Roll in chopped pecans if desired.
  • This is the best cheese ball ever, promise.

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  1. I have sent in a correction but thought this might make it through first. You need to add a small can of crushed pineapple, well drained and well dryed with paper towels.
  2. Riffraff, This cheeseball is AWESOME!!!! I made it yesterday for the family, and it is gone!! Made another one tonight to take to a New Year's party tomorrow. I squished and squeezed the heck out of all of the ingredients with paper towel, and it came out wonderful! I rolled mine in crushed walnuts because thats what I had on hand. The flavor combination is just unreal!! The cherries and green pepper makes it so festive! Thanks so much for posting this recipe:) ~Manda
  3. Riff sent me this recipes as a request that I had for a cheeseball to send with my daughter for a office party. I have to tell you this was incredible. (correction hasn't been made yet but you also add pineapple. DD helped me put it together and I have to say the combination of flavors is out of this world. We ended up making 2 has my family started whining that we need one for home. This is like no other cheeseball you have ever tried! Yum. You made good on your promise Riff. It is the best!!!!
  4. Well, I have had this at every party as far back as i can remember! My mom gets attacked if she doesnt bring it. It is pretty good, especially with ritz crackers. This is one of my moms most awesome recipies. The only thing hard is blotting the fruit, and that really isnt hard :) Even though it does sound a little funny, you should try it!! It will be a hit!! Love you mom!
  5. Very good! This different mix of ingredients/seasonings in the recipe really go well together. It's very colorful too. I rinsed, chopped and blotted the fruit/veggies throughout the day and refrigerated them until it was time to make the ball at night. The pineapple I let sit in the colander, hanging over sink to drain, for about an hour or two. I used candied cherries (because I had them on hand to use up) and I really didn't have to do much to them except chop them, because they were already dry. I used one medium dill pickle; wasn't sure whether or not to use a small jar of pickles or a small pickle; I probably could've went with an even larger pickle though. I also rolled in the chopped pecans. This makes a big cheeseball! I served with rounded butter and onion crackers. My co-workers and I enjoyed this; I brought this for a work brunch. Thanks, riffraff!


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