Party Cheese Ball
Save time by preparing this appetizer in advance.
1/2 cup (about 14) maraschino cherries
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Crackers or cut-up vegetables
Drain maraschino cherries on paper towels. Chop cherries and drain again.
Beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until cream cheese is smooth. Stir in pineapple and cherries. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Shape cheese mixture into two (4-inch) balls. Roll cheese balls in walnuts, pressing nuts into surface to adhere. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
Serve as a spread with crackers or vegetables. Makes 2 (4-inch) cheese balls.
Tip: You can prepare this appetizer in advance, then freeze it for later use. Allow cheese balls to thaw in refrigerator before serving.