Finding the perfect appetizer for a party doesn’t have to be difficult! With the help of a few simple dip recipes, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious snack for any get together. The next time you’re heading to a summer celebration, you have to try this cold Hawaiian dip. Everyone will love the sweet and salty combination of ham and pineapple in this quick and easy no-bake appetizer.
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Since this easy gluten free dip doesn’t require any baking, it’s ready in a matter of minutes. That means all you have to do is stir the ingredients together and chill it until you’re ready to dig in.
And with its delicious combination of sweet and salty ingredients, this cold appetizer recipes is perfect for any party. Whether you’re heading to a pool party or watching the game at home, there’s always a reason to make a batch of Hawaiian dip!
Cold Hawaiian Dip Recipe
My favorite part about this simple gluten free appetizer is the short list of ingredients. But while this easy dip is made with just a handful of supplies, it definitely doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Thanks to the inclusion of pineapple and ham, this creamy dip has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. To make it for your next party, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients, including:
- Cream cheese. It’s best to start with softened cream cheese when preparing your dip to ensure all the ingredients are easy to mix together.
- Sour cream. You can use full fat or reduced fat sour cream for this recipe — whatever you already have on hand!
- Diced ham. Purchase a package of diced ham at the grocery store or finely chop your own leftover ham to use in your dip.
- Cheddar cheese. In addition to shredded cheddar cheese, you could also mix in shredded colby jack, sharp cheddar, cheddar jack, or mozzarella cheese.
- Crushed pineapple. Before adding the crushed pineapple to your dip, make sure to give it plenty of time to drain. Pour the pineapple into a fine mesh strainer and allow the juice to drip out before mixing it with the rest of your dip ingredients.
- Green onions. Add some flavor and crunch to your dip with the help of some finely chopped fresh green onions.
- Seasonings. Round out the flavor profile of your dip with the help of some garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley.
How to Make Hawaiian Dip
You won’t believe how quick and easy this ham and pineapple dip is to make! That’s because there’s no cooking involved in the prep work.
Before you can start mixing your dip, you’ll need to take the time to prep some of your ingredients.
- Drain the pineapple. Make sure to remove as much moisture from the shredded pineapple as you can before adding it to the dip to keep your dip from getting runny. Pour the pineapple into a strainer and let it sit for a few minutes to ensure all the juice is drained.
- Chop the ham. If you’re not using pre-cut ham, you’ll also need to dice the meat. It’s a good idea to chop the ham as small as possible to avoid having large chunks of meat in your dip. You can finely chop the ham by hand or dice it in your food processor.
- Soften the cream cheese. Starting with soft cream cheese is essential when preparing dip! Leave the cream cheese on the counter for at least one hour before mixing. Or heat the cream cheese in the microwave in 30 second increments until it’s softened.
- Chop the green onion. Prep your fresh green onion by finely chopping the green part of the onion with a sharp knife. Be sure to chop your green onion well to keep from having large pieces of onion in your dip.
Once you have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go, add everything to a large bowl. Stir to mix all the ingredients together until the dip is smooth and well blended.
Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill until you’re ready to serve your dip. After that, just transfer the dip to your serving bowl and enjoy!
What To Serve with Cold Dill Dip?
This delicious cold Hawaiian dip goes so well with so many different dippers, which makes it perfect for a party! You can choose from a variety of different dipping ingredients, including chips, veggies, and crackers.
Since this dip is made with cream cheese and served chilled, it has a thick consistency. That means you need a thicker dipper to withstand the texture without breaking. As you’re planning your menu, consider serving your cold ham and pineapple dip with these snacks:
Crackers are a great option for serving your cold dip. If you’re serving your Hawaiian dip with crackers, it’s a good idea to include a knife or spreading knife to make it easier for your guests to spread the dip onto their crackers.
- Ritz crackers
- Club crackers
- Good Thins (corn variety)
- Nut Thins
- Townhouse crackers
- Flatbread crackers
Add some healthy dippers to your party spread by serving your Hawaiian appetizer with some veggies for dipping. These vegetables are perfect for serving along side your cream cheese dip.
- Bell pepper slices or mini bell peppers
- Celery stalks
- Cucumber slices
- Baby carrots
- Cherry tomatoes
- Carrot sticks
Make sure to grab thick chips when pairing them with this cold dip to keep the chips from breaking as your guests are snacking. These types of chips work best when served with a cream cheese based dip.
- Tortilla chips
- Corn chips
- Ridged potato chips
- Pita chips
- Bagel chips
- Pretzel chips
Hawaiian Dip Recipe Ideas
Since this sweet and salty cold dip recipe is so quick and easy to make, you can really have fun with the toppings to decorate your appetizer for your party! Add some color and flavor to your dip by using one or all of these delicious topping ideas:
- Pineapple chunks, slices, or tidbits
- Parsley leaves
- Chopped green onion
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Chopped ham pieces
How Do You Store Cold Hawaiian Dip?
Since this dip is made with cream cheese, I would recommend putting the dip up after it’s been out for around two hours. After that, you should transfer the dip back to the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat it again.
Before placing the Hawaiian dip in the fridge, cover the serving bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the leftovers to an airtight container to keep the cream cheese from hardening. You can store the dip in the fridge for up to three days. Make sure to stir the dip again before serving it.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup diced ham
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, crushed pineapple, green onions, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley to a medium bowl.
- Stir to mix all the ingredients together until smooth and well combined.
- Cover the bowl and chill for at least one hour before serving.
- Garnish with more pineapple, ham, and green onions before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
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