Easy Pineapple Rumaki Appetizer: Whet Your Valentine’s Appetite!

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Want to serve a little appetizer with the flute or two of the champagne chilling in the ice bucket before you go on your Valentine’s dinner date? This pineapple rumaki is just right! Not too filling but definitely a great teaser pleaser to whet the appetite for what lies ahead.  It’s an easy temptation too! No muss, no fuss. The pineapple aids digestion so you’re doing everyone a favor and not messing up the kitchen (or your hair and nails) either.



12 (1 inch) cubes fresh pineapple

12 water chestnut slices

4 thick-cut bacon slices, cut crosswise into 3 pieces

12 toothpicks

1/4 cup low-fat sesame-ginger salad dressing

1/2 tablespoon chopped green onion, or to taste



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line the bottom section of a broiler pan with aluminum foil, top with the broiler rack, and spray rack with cooking spray.

Place a water chestnut slice atop each pineapple cube; wrap each with 1 bacon slice, securing with a toothpick. Arrange wrapped pineapple on the prepared broiler rack.

Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes; turn and continue baking until bacon is almost crisp, about 8 more minutes. Brush rumaki with sesame-ginger dressing and continue baking until bacon is crisp, about 5 more minutes. Garnish rumaki with green onion.