Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip – A Crunchy Cheese Dip

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Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers.

This cold dip has the flavors of your favorite cheese ball but you just have to mix the ingredients all together and serve in a bowl. You do not have to worry about forming it into a ball and rolling it in nuts!

Our entire family including my parents, sisters and their families (a grand total of 18 of us) went away for a long weekend to Hocking Hills, Ohio.  We rented a huge, three-story house where we ping ponged, hiked, played cards, went boating, and ate ate ate the days away. We had a great time.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip – A Crunchy Cheese Dip Recipe

It was the perfect time to try our some new snacky recipes that I had been saving, and this Crunchy Cheese Dip was one of those recipes.

This deconstructed cheese ball is made with cream cheese and packed with tasty ingredients. We smeared in on a variety of crackers but pretzels would have also been a winner too.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Dip For Crackers

Cream Cheese, softened

Pineapple Tidbits, drained with 1 tablespoon juices reserved

Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped

Pecans, chopped

Fresh Chives, chopped

Seasoned Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Fresh Chopped Parsley (optional)

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

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Water Chestnut Dip

I’ve been on a roll using recipes from this vintage cook book from the Waynesburg Christian Church, including this Crunchy Cheese Dip as it is called in that book.

What drew me into this particular cold cream cheese dip was the water chestnuts.  I love how water chestnuts give a recipe a good crunch without a bunch of flavor.  It’s one of the ingredients in my Crunchy Chicken Casserole.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

How to Make Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip:

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions for pineapple cream cheese dip, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. Cream softened cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Mix in pineapple tidbits, chopped water chestnuts, chopped pecans, chives, seasoned salt, black pepper and reserved pineapple juice until fully incorporated.
  3. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired (optional).
  5. Serve smeared on crackers or pretzels.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

Notes About Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip – A Crunchy Cheese Dip:

  • Be sure to soften the cream cheese before making this dip. Failing to do this step will result in lumps in your water chestnut dip.
  • Keep 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice drained off of the tidbits to add to the cream cheese dip.
  • I had a hard time finding an 8 ounce can of pineapple tidbits, so I bought a bigger can and only used as much as I needed. Give it the best guess on how much 8 ounces is, and then eat the rest of it as a snack with cottage cheese.
  • Don’t throw away the rest of the pineapple juice drained from the tidbits. Instead, make an Amaretto Pina Colada.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
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Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

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Cream Cheese Dip for Crackers

What can you mix with cream cheese?

Cream cheese is the perfect vessel for any type of dip since it is relatively flavorless and will pick up the flavors and textures of the other ingredients. Here’s a list of easy cream cheese additions to make your own easy dip.

  • Fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, or dill
  • Canned seafood such as tuna, salmon or shrimp
  • Fresh diced onions, garlic or scallions
  • Chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts
  • Dried seasoning blends including taco, ranch or Italian seasonings
  • Chipped beef (dried beef)
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Jalapenos (canned or fresh)
  • Jam or jelly (any flavor)
  • Drained, canned pineapple
  • Bacon bits
  • Canned pie fillings
  • Cranberry sauce

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

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Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip - A Crunchy Cheese Dip

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cold cream cheese dip, cream cheeese dip for crackers, crunchy cheese dip, pineapple cream cheeese dip, water chestnut dip
Servings: 32 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces pineapple tidbits, drained with 1 Tablespoon juice reserved
  • 8 ounces water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground back pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley (optional)

Instructions

  • Cream softened cream cheese until smooth.
    Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 
  • Add pineapple, water chestnuts, chives, seasoned salt, pepper and reserved vegetable juice and mix until combined.
    Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 
  • Cover and chill before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired (optional).
    Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 
  • Serve with crackers or pretzels.
    Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

Notes

  • Be sure to soften the cream cheese before making this dip. Failing to do this step will result in lumps in your water chestnut dip.
  • Keep 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice drained off of the tidbits to add to the cream cheese dip.
  • I had a hard time finding an 8 ounce can of pineapple tidbits, so I bought a bigger can and only used as much as I needed. Give it the best guess on how much 8 ounces is, and then eat the rest of it as a snack with cottage cheese.
  • Don't throw away the rest of the pineapple juice drained from the tidbits. Instead, make an Amaretto Pina Colada.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. 

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip is a crunchy cheese dip filled with pecans, water chestnuts and pineapple, the perfect topping for your favorite crackers. 

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