Friday, December 13, 2013

Festive Holiday Appetizers and Snacks {Cheesy Hawaiian Dip Recipe}

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One of my many favorite things about the holiday season is hearing about the various traditions that families have to celebrate.

Particular songs, one special type of cookie, driving around to see lights, delivering baskets to those in need, gathering the neighbors for eggnog... there are just such a wide variety that I can't help but smile every year as I hear more.

However, one thing that I've always noticed is that the most common tie between the traditions involves one aspect that is near and dear to all of us: eating.

Baking cookies, decorating cookies, eating and relaxing afterward, having a big Christmas dinner, mugs of steaming hot cocoa — there is just something about celebrating traditions and family gatherings by coming together to enjoy all things food... and the holidays are an especially perfect time to do that.

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But while the festive dinner or grand lunch might take center stage, it can be just as important to be sure to include scrumptious appetizers to start. From finger foods like bruschetta passed around while guests mingle to luscious snacks like cheese balls that put the finishing touches on the dinner table, I'm always on the lookout for amazing recipes that will keep my family and friends smiling and happy.

This year I was looking for something that would be enjoyed by adults as well as kids and would have the appeal of a familiar, much-loved dish... but with a modern twist.

Tall order? I thought so.

Until I began browsing the appetizers at and found my mouth watering over one after another.

And, when I stumbled on a cheesy dip that was sweet enough that the kids would love it yet have enough of a little kick that the adults would enjoy it as well, it was time to say Aloha!

Cheesy Hawaiian Dip
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

1 (1 lb) round loaf Hawaiian bread (or similar)
1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA, cut into ½" cubes
1 can (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
⅓ cup chopped red onions
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
1 pkg. (8 oz.) OSCAR MAYER Smoked Ham, chopped

Cheese dip ingredients


Heat oven to 350ºF.

Cut a slice from the top of the bread loaf; remove center of loaf, leaving 1"-thick shell. Cut removed bread into bite-size pieces; cover and set aside for later use. Place bread shell on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until lightly toasted. Cool slightly.

Mix VELVEETA, tomatoes and onions in large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 5 minutes or until VELVEETA is completely melted, stirring after 3 minutes. Stir in ham and pineapple. Pour into bread shell.

Serve with reserved bread pieces and assorted fresh vegetable dippers.

Cheesey Hawaiian Dip

Although I did omit the ham for the vegetarians in my household, this dip was still a huge success! I love the way that it is easily passed around a table if it were a part of a meal, yet is versatile enough that it could be part of a party spread so that folks could help themselves while they chat.

Either way, the cheesy VELVEETA goodness is just the right complement to the sweet crushed pineapple and the kick of the chiles and onions and it was as popular with the bread cubes as it was with tortilla chips, veggies and more!

This holiday season, there are sure to be plenty of occasions that will be filled with entertaining. Whether you're the host or you are bringing a dish to share, check out the huge selection available at for inspiration, ideas and more!

This post is a part of a partnered campaign with Kraft Foods, however, all thoughts and opinions shared are honest and my own.


Maria Iemma said...

This is why Kraft is such a trusted brand. You can always count on them having the recipes that you need using their great products. I love the idea of the dip in the cut out round bread. It looks very appetizing.

Stephen Alexander said...

That dip looks great. I may have to try some this vacation!

Anne said...

Good to know the recipe works well even without the ham, as I don't eat ham or pork. Sometimes I use turkey ham, which is quite good, and I imagine that would be fine in this application. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

M Clark said...

Yum!! Sounds delicious, can't wait to try it. I don't know if I would put it in the bread like that though. Thank you for posting this recipe.

Allison Downes said...

That dip looks delicious! I love Kraft. They have so many great recipes to choose from. Thank you for sharing!

slehan said...

Except for 'the reason for the season', the main event is EATING, SNACKING, NOSHING and sharing them with friends and family.

slehan at juno dot com

Janet W. said...

Wow these recipes look delicious! Kraft really knows how to make great quality products!

Ari T said...

I practically grew up on Velveeta cheese dip, so this recipe is a creative new way to enjoy a familiar favorite! I love the inclusion of the bread bowl!

Jay said...

Wow, this looks yummy! I'll have to try it!

amy16323 said...

looks gonna have to try this

Lisa R said...

I think these recipes are good for just about any time

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Tammy Woodall said...

The Cheesy Hawaiian Dip looks delicious. My guess is there was none left when everyone starting eating it. I've going to have to try out this recipe.

Kitty Iecvan said...

This dip looks like it would be great for a party!

Rose-Marie said...

My gf is on vac in Maui, going to the beach, etc. I think I'd rather have this grrrreat recipe than be at the beach - I love the idea of the pineapple added to this dip. I must try this and rub it in that I'm having the luau of a time without having a long plane ride!

Shannon said...

This sounds good but I would have to leave the ham out. Thank you for sharing!!!!

DG Middendorf said...

I sure wish I had the ingredients here right now. This looks fabulous. Thanks