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Christmas Eve

In the late '90's my husbands parents were running a guest house in Cape Town South Africa under Sudan Interior Mission. Christmas 1998 we as a family spent a wonderful time there with Dad and Mom. During our holiday we were invited to several of their friends homes for Christmas parties. Mom's friend Jan had made a cheese ball that had us all going back for more.
She had formed it into the shape of a tree and decorated it with little pieces of pimento, peppers and parsley, but as you can see the one I made for tonight is just formed into a ball.

  • 1- 8oz container extra sharp cheddar cold pack cheese, room temperature
  • 1- 8 oz block cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped pineapple
  • 1 tbsp green pepper
  • 1 tsp grated onion
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • parsley, nuts, pimento for decoration
  1. Beat together other cheeses until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat well.
  3. Shape and garnish to your liking. Serve with assorted crackers.

Each of us is the Inn Keeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.

From my home to yours,

Merry Christmas.


  1. From my house to yours,Have a Christmas filled with joy and love.

  2. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year

  3. Oh yummy another great appetizer!

    Merry Christmas to all.

  4. Merry Christmas Kathy, to you and your family!

    And a Merry Christmas to all you sweet gals at MGCC! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes, your stories, devotionals and yourselves. I love coming here.

  5. love your 'footnote' I'm going to copy and paste it into my blog tonight - there is always room in our home for Jesus - love frugal queen xxx

  6. My family loves a good cheese ball! This sounds easy and delicious.

    Wishing everyone at MGCC and all your followers a very blessed and joyous Christmas! ~Diann

  7. Merry Christmas Kathy! What is cold-pack cheese?

  8. That sounds like an interesting combination Kathy.

  9. Thanks. This cheese ball looks delicious and I love the original story from South Africa.

  10. I loved the footnote as well. I used it as my "status" on Facebook. I read it to my 8 year old son. He says, "Mommy - he is my Innkeeper already." My heart rejoices. Thank you and a Merry Christmas to you all at MGCC.

    Ang Nickel

  11. This appetizier looks delicious. I have never heard of or can I find in the stores cheddar cold pack cheese. How does this come and can it be substituted for shredded cheese? It sounds to me like a soft cheese. thank you

    1. Good morning, Linda. It's been years since I've bought Cold Pack Cheese (CPC) and I share your curiosity where to find it today. CPC texture is different than shredded cheese; CPC is spreadable and its consistency falls somewhere btwn cream cheese and Velveeta. Substituting shredded will significantly alter this recipe's character.

      I have no ties to these brand name examples: Kaukauna (also sells "Lite" version) and Merkt's. Walmart advertises Merkt's as a condiment at Depending upon location, one might be able to purchase a variety of Wisconsin CPC flavors from Pine River; see their selections at

      Years (decades?) ago I bought Merkt's Sharp Cheddar and Port Wine CPCs at neighborhood grocery stores and was pleased with those products. Good luck!

    2. Kraft used to make it, but I don't know if they do so now.


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