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Easy Hawaiian Dip

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.


Prep Time - 10 mins
Chill Time - 30 mins
Total Time - 40 mins

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: bacon, cheese, cream cheese, Dip, ham, pineapple
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Jennifer

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Use electric mixer to combine cream cheese, sour cream, and pineapple juice until smooth.
  2. Stir in crushed pineapple, cheddar cheese, ham, bacon pieces and green onions.
  3. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with assorted crackers or pretzels.

Key to Success #1 – Soften the Cream Cheese
Before you start mixing up your Hawaiin 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 collander to drain my can of pineapple. I have an over-the-sink variety and it works perfectly although it’s a bit large. I put a 2-cup glass measuring cup underneath the collander 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.
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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.

Here are some great cracker options to serve with your Hawaiian Dip:
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