14 Best Savory Main Dishes with Sweet Pineapple
There are two types of people in this world: Those who crave Hawaiian pizza, and those who think it's garbage. If pizza that pairs pineapple with ham just isn't your jam, I'm afraid you've landed on the wrong side of the Internet. Because what we have here is a private, pro-pineapple safe space, reserved for praising pineapple's propensity to pair perfectly with all manor of savory dishes. Read on to discover some of our favorite main dish recipes that feature plenty of sweet, juicy pineapple.
But first, for those staring down a fresh whole pineapple -- all that sweet fruit locked up behind a treacherous rind -- here's how to liberate the tropical treasure contained within: how to cut a fresh pineapple.
Some of our favorite top-rated recipes with pineapple:
"An easy weeknight dinner, this quick chicken stir-fry with pineapple is as delicious as it is colorful!" says Natasha. "Serve with rice for a complete meal, or fried rice for a treat. Add red chile flakes to the mix if you want something sweet and spicy!"
These Hawaiian-style beef meatballs simmer in a tangy, sweet and sour pineapple sauce. Serve over white or brown rice. Any leftover meatballs would not be half bad sliced over a pizza with a little pineapple. Just saying.
These dogs have it all -- sweet, smoky, cool, and crunchy. Culinary Envy says, "Grilled hot dogs with pineapple-bacon-chipotle slaw are the perfect summer holiday meal! Other optional toppings: sliced red onion, red peppers, and yellow peppers."
"Tropical goodness with a kick!" says Catherella1. "A perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy in every bite! A great party pleaser or a quick and easy meal for those hectic days!"
"Really great on grilled chicken and fish," says LAURA*P. "It was also good on tacos and salad. I ate it with chips, too. All around good with a nice kick from the jalapeño."
A simple, quick stir-fry. "Wonderful. It came out perfect," says Amanda McDonald. "The plum sauce was excellent touch and it brought out the flavors so well."
Bren says, "These chicken tacos with homemade pineapple salsa are quickly assembled once you've marinated the chicken. The actual grill time is only about 6 minutes."
Flavorful grilled chicken breasts are topped with a colorful, sweet-and-spicy pineapple salsa. "The dish is mildly spicy," says France C. "However you can adjust the amount of jalapeno to suit your tastes."
France C says, "These savory-sweet shrimp skewers are easy to make and cook in just a few minutes. They are perfect for summer weeknights or weekend dinner parties. Prep the sauce ahead of time for an even faster dinner."
"This recipe combines the flavors of teriyaki sauce, pineapple, sweet onion, red pepper, cashews, and a little garlic with tender chicken and swiss cheese (it's a wonderful addition!)," says MELANKAY. "It is easy to prepare; just requires a little simmer-time. Serve over your favorite rice."
Marinate pork chops overnight in an Asian-inspired marinade of pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce, then grill your chops and serve with grilled pineapple slices. "These are a delightful and quick meal for the grill," says jhopkins. "I usually serve with a baked potato, but my daughter loves them with wild rice."
"There's nothing like a juicy pulled pork sandwich, especially one inspired by a famous taco," says Chef John. "Slather the meat with the grilled pineapple salsa for the full 'al pastor' experience."
Kielbasa sausages, pineapple, and a simple sweet-and-sour sauce. "This is an easy slow cooker recipe that is great to set and forget about until you're ready to eat," says damatto,
And last but obviously not least on our list, pineapple and baked ham. NODIETSFORME says, "A classic baked ham with a simple but tasty sweet brown sugar and pineapple glaze. This main dish will receive applause for its beautiful presentation as well as the irresistible flavor. You will definitely want to have some leftovers!"
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