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Pineapple and Cheese Sticks (aka Pineapple Express)

Oh boy! Do I have a treat for you today my friends!

You heard me talk about him on Monday, and now, he is here. On the blog. For the first time in almost 4 years. It’s about freckin time, right?

Today John – my love and my best friend – is guest posting a seriously delicious (albeit strange) recipe. It seems odd and I tease him every time he makes it, but it’s become his signature party dish. And people gobble the shit outta them. So without further ado, Dr. Ward….  (don’t let the simplicity or… ahem, uniqueness, of this dish fool you. Guy is seriously smart).


Pineapple Express

Pineapple and Cheese Sticks Appetizer - She Eats

 So – you’re probably thinking of this – or maybe this if you’re meteorogically inclined. But this post is about something different; a mind-blowing party snack that will make you new friends and admirers without costing a small fortune.

I’m talking about cheese and pineapple – on a stick!!

Sounds about appealing as a slap in the face with a wet fish right? That’s where you’re wrong.

Pineapple and Cheese Sticks Appetizer - She Eats

As a kid, I remember pineapple and cheese sticks being a ubiquitous party snack – particularly around Christmas. It was also the first canapé I remember consuming at weddings and funerals before I even knew what a canapé was. For the most part they were simply passed around on a giant plate, the mini-skewers littered haphazardly with no thought to presentation. Occasionally someone would go crazy and skewer each stick into a foil-covered potato, creating a cheese and pineapple “hedgehog”, and very occasionally someone would replace the potato with a real pineapple – thus elevating themselves to the level of a michelin starred chef in our eyes. Yes they were simple; but they were often the best finger-food available – and now they’re my staple appetizer to take to a pot-luck. I know that people might laugh at my contribution – which looks more like a bed of nails than food – but one bite and all those doubts disappear.

Pineapple and Cheese Sticks Appetizer - She Eats

It’s an unpretentious, simple, fast and cheap appetizer to take to a party – and what it lacks in sophistication, it more than makes up for in flavour. It’s a deliciously zesty (I can’t believe I finally used that word in a sentence) yet savoury mouthful – the strong citrus flavour being the perfect foil for the sharpness of the cheese.

Pineapple and Cheese Sticks Appetizer - She Eats

Be warned. They’re addictive. You may take one out of politeness – but you’ll end up going back for more (cheese breaks down to produce casomorphine when digested; a powerful and highly addictive opiate). But there is good news: pineapple contains bromelain which has a long history of use as a healing agent. So not only is it a tasty snack, it could well be beneficial for your health.

Pineapple & Cheese Sticks




  • Cheese (preferably aged cheddar), cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Pineapple (fresh if possible, but canned chunks work just as well), cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Toothpicks to serve.


  1. Place the pineapple chunk on top of the cheese chunk and skewer with the toothpick.
  2. Serve immediately and as many as you can possibly make. It doesn't matter how many there are – there are always none left at the end of the night.
  3. Eat.


Have you ever had pineapple and cheese sticks? What’s your go to party snack?

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  • Pamela Heady
    July 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I can’t say that I’ve ever had cheese and pineapple together but I have no doubts that what you say rings true. And there is something so uber delightful about a FRESH pineapple too! Have you tried this with other kinds of cheese? I wonder if a salty chunk of asiago would be as good of a partner to the sweet pineapple as the sharp cheddar would. Did you decorate those toothpicks yourself?
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    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Hi Pamela, I’ve only ever tried it with aged cheddar but I’m sure it would work well with other kinds of cheese so long as it’s not too soft – the hard cheese helps keep the toothpicks standing upright on the plate! Kristy was the artistic mastermind behind the toothpicks. They look way more appetizing when decorated!

  • Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    July 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Unpretentious fruit-and-cheese appies are the best kind! Love the guest post 🙂

    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Thanks Anna. Fruit and cheese is a great combo, especially in summer.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz
    July 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    How totally awesome and retro. I could eat a whole bunch. And to play with various cheeses! And a nice cocktail to go with. yep I thought of the movie and I did not know there was such a meteorological phenomenon!
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    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      I prefer the movie to the meteorological phenomenon – although it does bring beautiful weather to the west coast. You can probably play around with various cheese/fruit combos to find something even tastier. Keep us posted if you discover a new combination.

  • Ashley
    July 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Thank you, Dr. Wade 🙂

    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Thank you (just don’t ask for medical advice as I’m not that kind of doctor 🙂 )

  • Mama B @ My Edible Journey
    July 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Ooh, interesting. I bet that would be great with Fontina, too. In fact, a whole plate of little bits of cheese, skewered with fruits would be lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      You’re welcome – it might even be fun to serve a bunch of different cheese and fruit and let people make their own combos.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    July 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Cheese and fruit is my jam so I can tell you with certainty that I will be making these and devouring them in the near future. Genius idea!

    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Thanks Meghan, it’s a simple combination but seems to work well – particularly for something quick to pass around at a party. Please keep us posted if you discover a better combination though.

  • Jon
    July 26, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    This is awesome! I’m all about easy snacks, and I feel like my kids would love these. I’m curious, have you tried any other fruits, or is pineapple the one-and-only, tried-and-true way to go?
    Also (to Kristy) nice work getting your counterpart on the blog, I keep trying to get my wife to do a post on mine and she’s like “um, I don’t think so.” I’ve only been blogging for a bit over a year, so I guess I may have to wait 3 more years….
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    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Hi Jon, I’ve not tried it with anything else but I’m pretty it can work with other combinations of fruit depending on your taste. I’m always trying to keep things simple, and in this case it seems to work. But if you do stumble upon a winning combo, please let us know!

  • Tara @ Rovin' Rambler
    July 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    This reminds me of an appetizer my uncle used to bring to parties…apple slices on Ritz crackers with melted (microwaved) cheddar on top. Haha, they were so good. I’m sure this combo is similarly awesome!
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    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Hi Tara, yeah that sounds good. I love Ritz crackers with cheese, so I could see that working!

  • Joanne
    July 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    This does sound a little crazy…but also all kinds of awesome!
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    • John
      July 27, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Haha. Yeah Kristy thought I was crazy when I first suggested it, but it worked out OK. Now, if I can just convince her that we need to deep-fry them…

  • Samantha
    August 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    These are definitely making an appearance at my next party–they would even make an amazing healthy snack for a class party. Yum!
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