Hawaiian Dip is savory dip full of flavors of the islands. You can’t go wrong with this tropical flavor combination! It will be a wonderful addition to your next Hawaiian party or Luau.
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Key to Success #1 – Soften the Cream Cheese
This easy Hawaiian starts with a base of cream cheese.
You will love the creaminess that it adds to this simple party dip.
Before you start mixing up your Hawaiian Dip, you’ll want to allow the cream cheese to soften.
The best way to soften your cream cheese is to let it sit on the counter for a half-hour or more.
If you’re in a hurry, you can also soften your cream cheese in the microwave.
Just unwrap the cream cheese and put it on a microwaveable plate then microwave on high for 10 seconds or until softened.
Softened cream cheese is much easier to work with and you’ll end up with a much smoother dip as a result.
Key to Success #2 – Drain the Pineapple
For this dip, you’ll want to use a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple.
Be sure to drain the pineapple well but you don’t have to squeeze every drop of moisture out of it.
I use a fine mesh colander to drain my can of pineapple.
I have an over-the-sink variety and it works perfectly although it’s a bit large for storage. Look for a collapsible colander if you are tight on storage space in your kitchen like I am.
And don’t forget to collect some of the juice! You will need it in the recipe.
I put a 2-cup glass measuring cup underneath the colander to catch the juice.
You’ll probably drain close to 1 cup of juice from the can but you’ll only need 1/4 cup of it for this recipe.
The rest can be used in a pineapple upside down cake!
Key to Success #3 – Let It Chill
The Hawaiian Dip is good to eat as soon as it’s mixed up but something special happens when you let it chill in the refrigerator.
The flavors really come together and that’s when the magic happens.
I’d suggest letting the Hawaiian Dip chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but it can be made the night before and left to chill overnight too.
Before serving, just give it a quick stir and you are ready to go. Serve it in a pretty bowl surrounded by your favorite types of crackers.
Have you tried the pretzel crackers? They add a nice texture and hold up really well with dips like this one.
Here are some great cracker options to serve with your Hawaiian Dip:
Save this Hawaiian Dip recipe to your favorite Hawaiian Recipe board or your Luau Ideas board.
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup chopped ham
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 pkg (2.8 oz) bacon pieces
- 2 Tbsp green onion, chopped
- Use electric mixer to combine cream cheese, sour cream, and pineapple juice until smooth.
- Stir in crushed pineapple, cheddar cheese, ham, bacon pieces and green onions.
- Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Serve with assorted crackers or pretzels.
- Try replacing sour cream with low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g
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