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Date Pecan Cheese Ball

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Written by Abby

 This Date Pecan Cheese Ball is the perfect addition to your charcuterie board or appetizer spread and comes together in under 30 minutes. Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Refined Sugar-Free. 
It's no secret that charcuterie boards have taken the world by a storm. First of all they are loaded with delicious foods like cured meats, cheeses, veggies, dried and fresh fruit, nuts, crackers, and more. Not to mention, they are very aesthetically pleasing 😍The only thing missing from you charcuterie board is a Date Pecan Cheese Ball 🧀
 
This cheese ball has a creamy filling with bits of green pepper, Joolies dates, pecans, and crushed pineapple, with the outside rolled in more chopped dates and pecans, making it gluten-free, grain-free and can be made dairy-free🙌 Whether you're feeling sweet or savory this cheese ball pairs wonderfully with anything from salty crackers to apple slices 🍎
 
Date Pecan Cheese 

Why this cheese ball is so great

  • They are the perfect self-serve appetizer for entertaining, holidays, or taking to parties.
  • You can easily prep this cheeseball ahead of time and store in the fridge (or freezer for up to a month) until it's time to party! 
  • So many options for dipping! Crackers, Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, pretzels, apple slices, bell pepper slices, even medjool dates. 
  • Naturally gluten-free 
 Date Pecan Cheese
 

Ingredients you'll need:

    1. Joolies Pitted Dates
      • You can't stuff a date without a date! We love using our pitted option for these, but whole work just as well! Just be sure to remove the pit as always 😉If you're running low on your stock of dates, you can buy some in bulk right here or in our 2 pack right here!
    2. Cream Cheese
      • The main component for a creamy texture! Make sure the cream cheese is soft or it won’t properly mix together. Just set it out an hour before preparing. DO NOT microwave cream cheese to soften it or it will be too soft. You can also use a dairy-free cheese if you so desire. We love Miyoko's vegan cream cheese as an alternative for the same thickness and flavor.
    3. Crushed Pineapple 
      • This adds a touch of sweetness. Be sure to use crushed instead of chunky pineapple because it mixes so much easier and make sure to squeeze all the juice out. This is an important step or else your cheeseball will be watery and won’t form a solid ball.
    4. Red Onion 
      • You don't need too much in this recipe, but it adds just the right amount of flavor without overpowering the other flavors. 
    5. Green Pepper
      • Make sure these are finely chopped because we don't want big chunks! If you don’t like green pepper, swap them out with another vegetable you enjoy or omit. 
    6. Pecans
      • Crush these up to add a little nutty flavor + great crunch to the cheeseball. You can totally swap for a different nut/seed of choice like walnuts, pecans, or pumpkin seeds.
    7. Seasoned Salt 
      • This spice blend gives the cheese ball some extra flavor. If you don't have any seasoned salt on hand, you can make your own blend of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano or thyme, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
 
If you make this easy appetizer recipe, be sure to tag us on Instagram and Pinterest so we can see all your date-able recreations! And you can always comment below! 
 

Date Pecan Cheese

 

Date Pecan Cheese Ball

Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free

  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • chill time: 30 minutes
  • total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8-10
 
INGREDIENTS:
  • 10  Joolies dates, chopped
  • 2 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 can crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, crushed 
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
 
DIRECTIONS:
  1.  In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cream cheese, pineapple, onion, green pepper, salt. Next add in 1/2 cup of pecans + 2 tbsp of chopped dates.
  2. Pop in the fridge until firm (about 30 minutes).
  3. Shape into a ball then cover with the remaining chopped dates and pecans. 
  4. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or veggie sticks!  

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.