This pineapple dip for a party is one of those things that it’s fairly easy to make, but it makes a big impression! Which is totally what you want when you’re bringing a dish to a party, right?
I made this dip for an office party and it was a big hit. It’s perfect for a luau party, a pot luck, game day, or really any time you’re entertaining. It brings a little bit of sun no matter what the climate. It’s fun to make, and so easy it only takes six steps. If you’re looking for luau party recipes, definitely consider this. You could even argue that it’s pretty healthy–just look at all the fruit and nuts! It’s gluten free, but not dairy or nut free, as you’ll see by looking at the ingredients.
- 2 packages cream cheese
- ⅔ cup sour cream
- 1 cup crushed pineapple (drain off all the juice)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp real maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
Step 1: Slice a pineapple in half lengthwise. Hollow out the half with the stem still attached. It also helps to carefully slice off a section from the back of the pineapple to keep it stable, since this is going to be your base.
Step 2: Dice the fruit from the hollowed out half and the remaining half of the pineapple. Set aside hollowed pineapple and pecans.
Step 3: Blend remaining ingredients by mixer (easiest) or by hand. Add in the diced pineapple.
Step 4: Place mixture in hollowed out pineapple and cover in pecans.
Step 5: Decorate with plate garnishes such as sliced oranges, kumquat and tropical flowers. It’s really the garnishes that make this dish adorable, so have fun with it! I used silk flowers, orange slices and plums. Kumquat, coconut and grapefruit would also be adorable!
Step 6: Serve with vanilla wafers or crackers, whichever suits your sweet/savory fancy.
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