Easy Cheese Hors d’oeuvres (2 Ingredients)

These easy cheese hors d’oeuvres are hands down the simplest appetizer you can make. There are only 2 ingredients but they pack a lot of flavor! Cheddar cheese and pineapple bites are perfect for cocktail parties, happy hour, brunch, or Hawaiian themed parties.

platter full of cheese and pineapple cubes on party picks.

Pineapple Cheese Bites

These cheese bites are a throwback to my childhood, and up until a few years ago I had never seen anyone else prepare it. My dad used to make them when they entertained friends back in the 70’s, and I always loved it.

This is less of a recipe and more of an easy assembly onto a toothpick or party pick. It takes minimal time, effort, and ingredients.

Why You’ll Love It

Cheddar cheese is front and center as it’s skewered with pineapple chunks. The combination is unexpected but so delicious. The balance of sweet and savory is unbeatable, and refreshing.

platter full of cheese and pineapple cubes on party picks.


  • Cheddar Cheese. Buy a block and cut it into cubes yourself for the best flavor. I prefer sharp or extra-sharp, and it’s fabulous with white cheddar too.
  • Canned Pineapple Chunks. Make sure you buy the chunks and not the tidbits, and you’ll need to drain and pat them dry with a paper towel. You could also buy the pineapple rings and cut them into the size you need.

I really don’t recommend cutting your own pineapple for this. It’s just more work than necessary.

How to Make It

Assemble the two ingredients with cheese on the bottom and pineapple on top, and insert a toothpick to secure. Serve at room temperature.

Make Ahead

Prepare these a couple of hours ahead, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. I don’t recommend making them a day ahead since the moisture from the fruit will drain into the cheese over time.

pineapple and cheese bites on small party plate with almonds, and drink on the side.

PARTY TIP: For a fancy party, serve these on a silver tray and pass them around to guests as they mingle. Have a cup or bowl to collect used picks.

More Appetizers with Cheese

If you love these easy cheese hors d’oeuvres as much as we do, here are some more cheese appetizers to try.

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party picks with cheese cube and pineapple, on tray.

Easy Pineapple and Cheese Hors d'oeuvres

Yield: 24 hors d'oeuvres
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The easiest cheese hors d'oeuvres have just 2 ingredients and get served on a toothpick. Pineapple and cheese combine for a sweet and savory pairing that's perfect for parties and happy hour.


  • 1 block (8 ounces) Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained and patted dry


  1. Place a piece of pineapple on top of a cube of cheese and insert a toothpick or party pick.
  2. Serve at room temperature.

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  1. I’ve never tried the Italian Style Canapes with goat cheese…I bet they are amazing! I have a friend that lives in Italy and I got a recipe for something like that but instead of the goat cheese you put a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, a scoop of pesto and a sliced roma tomato on a sliced baguette. I can’t wait to try it with the goat cheese this time! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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