Wear A Crown: Pineapple’s Culinary Reign

The iconic, popular flavor of pineapple is a true treasure in tropical cuisine. While many may think of using pineapple in smoothies or serving it on its own, this special fruit can do a lot of heavy lifting when used in other culinary realms. So kick back, relax, and let these tips take your taste buds on an island vacation.

Spice It Up

For a sweet twist in pico de gallo or other salsas, try adding pineapple juice into the mixture! This will cut the heat while simultaneously bringing a syrupy sweetness. For added texture, consider including the meat.

Stay Cheesy

A southern favorite, pineapple cheese balls are a nice way to spice up a traditional cheese plate. Simply match the amount of cream cheese with crushed pineapple, and add in savory vegetables like bell pepper for texture. Quick to prep and serve, this is a great dish to have in your back pocket.

  • Pro Tip: For a tropical twist, try using shredded coconut instead of bell pepper!

Travel Abroad

 Though generally associated with Hawaii, pineapples are commonly consumed in Southeast Asia. If you’re seeking a healthy, Asian inspired dish, pair fried squid with generous amounts of pineapple and roasted garlic. To bring another layer to this dish, try grilling the pineapple!

Beat It

Pineapples are filled with an enzyme known as Bromelain that is key in tenderizing meat. By using a pineapple juice infused marinade, your meat will not only have a ton of flavor but will also be perfectly tender.