Pineapple appetizers have the juicy, tangy, refreshing flavor of pineapple.
Pineapple appetizers can be grilled on the BBQ, making the pineapple have a crispy texture to it.
You can make lots of different appetizers using pineapple as the base, like flatbread, sweet pineapple coconut dip, cheese ball, salsa, and baked brie.
Try making your own pineapple appetizers at home for your next summer BBQ!
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Flatbread
Hawaiian BBQ chicken flatbread is a savory appetizer that is tasty hot out of the oven, or chilled and made ahead of time. You can always warm it up in the oven a couple of minutes before your guests come over.
Flatbread dough takes only an hour to make, and most of it is rising time. You can take the time when it’s rising to prepare your flatbread toppings.
Hawaiian BBQ chicken is made by using BBQ sauce in place of the pizza sauce. I know, it’s a bit weird, but trust me… It’s incredible.
The chicken has a Cajun spice mixture rubbed on it, and grilled. The chicken is cut into bite sized pieces, and arranged on top of the flatbread.
Shredded mozzarella cheese, red onions, and pieces of pineapple are added as toppings, and the flatbread is baked in the oven.
Once it comes out of the oven, fresh cilantro leaves are sprinkled on top.
Pineapple and Watermelon Salsa
Pineapple and Watermelon salsa is a refreshing salsa you can serve with tortilla chips on a hot summer day for a delicious pineapple appetizer.
Pineapple salsa is filled with pieces of mango, red onions, and cilantro which makes it have a ton of vibrant colors. It’s best if you make it the same day as when you plan to serve it. Fresh is best!
Sausage Pineapple Appetizer
Sausage pineapple appetizer is an appetizer you can grill on the BBQ.
Place your favorite cooked sausage pieces, and pineapple on a skewer, and then grilled them until the edges of the sausage have crisped up.
Drizzle teriyaki sauce over the skewers and serve immediately.
Rosemary Pineapple Bocconcini Bites
Rosemary pineapple bocconcini bites have a cheesy, earthy flavor to them.
Rosemary is cooked in olive oil, and then the pineapple is grilled and placed into the herbed olive.
The rosemary gives the pineapple a savory flavor.
Bocconcini is rubbed with chili flakes, and then it’s ready for assembly.
Using a toothpick or skewer, place one piece of pineapple, then one bocconcini ball.
You appetizer is ready to be chilled, and then served to your guests when they arrive.
Pineapple Guacamole has a tart, acidic flavor to it.
Pineapple guacamole is made with mashed avocados, pineapple pieces, jalapenos, red onions, and a bit of cilantro.
Add a bit of lime juice and pepper and mix together.
You can serve pineapple guacamole with tacos, or tortilla chips.
Grilled Pineapple Shrimp Bites
Grilled pineapple shrimp bites are an easy appetizer to make for a backyard BBQ.
Simply place pieces of pineapple and shrimp alternating on skewers. Brush with BBQ sauce and grill until the shrimp have turned pink.
Serve them hot off the BBQ for a delicious grilled pineapple appetizer!
Pineapple Cheese Ball
Pineapple cheese ball has a tart, creamy flavor to it.
Pineapple cheese ball is flavored with a bit of seasoning salt (paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.), and freshly chopped peppers.
The peppers give the cheese ball a vibrant pop of color when you cut into it.
The cheese ball is covered in sliced almonds, making it have a toasty almond pineapple flavor to the cheese ball.
Serve pineapple cheese ball with crackers, bread, or fresh veggies for dipping.
Pina Colada Dip
Pina colada dip is a sweet coconut and pineapple dip. You can dip vanilla wafers, or fruit into it.
Pina colada dip is made by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar, and coconut cream together to create the base of the dip.
Pina colada dip is flavored with coconut extract and vanilla extract.
Crushed pineapple pieces are mixed into the dip to finish it off.
Garnish with toasted coconut flakes just before you’re ready to serve it.
Grilled pineapple with Jalapeno Honey Glaze
Grilled pineapple with jalapeno honey glaze is a BBQ’d appetizer you can make in just a couple of minutes.
Pineapple is first cut and put onto skewers.
Jalapeno honey glaze is made by dicing a jalapeno into very tiny pieces. Honey, cinnamon, lime juice and salt are added to the jalapeno pieces for the glaze.
The glaze is brushed onto the pineapple right before grilling, and right after to make it have as much sweet and spicy flavor as possible!
Pineapple Pecan Baked Brie
Pineapple pecan baked brie is a savory appetizer you can serve with fresh bread or crackers for dipping.
The pineapple and pecans are caramelized by heating them in a frying pan with brown sugar, pineapple juice, ginger, and salt.
The brie is baked in the oven, and then topped with the candied pineapple and pecans.
Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Pork tacos with pineapple salsa are small tacos that can easily be eaten in about 3 bites.
The pork tacos are made with ground pork, spiced with chili powder, cumin, oregano, and a bit of garlic powder.
The pineapple salsa is made with pineapple pieces, red onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro, all mixed in lime juice.
Make the tacos by putting a bit of pork on, then cover the tacos in pineapple salsa.
Garnish with cotija cheese or cilantro leaves.