Pineapple Cheesecake Parfaits – Celebrate the Holidays with a Tasty Cheesecake-Inspired Dessert Made with Dole Pineapple Products #ChainofCheer #Sponsored
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When it comes to cooking for the holidays, it’s nice to have a few options that can be put together quickly without sacrificing on quality or taste. Individual parfaits are one of my favorite easy desserts for feeding a festive crowd. Served in a pretty dessert glass, they’re almost like small works of art for the table! When Dole Packed Foods reached out and asked me to create a holiday dish using their products for their #ChainofCheer campaign, I was immediately inspired to create a delectable Pineapple Cheesecake Parfait. Cheesecake and pineapple both taste like the holidays to me! Dole’s canned pineapple is very naturally sweet, so I was able to cut back on some of the sugar I’d normally add. In fact, I recommend sweetening the ricotta filling to taste. If you have children in the family who like to lend a hand in the kitchen, this is a great option. It’s a no-bake dessert with no knives involved; they can help you assemble and join in the holiday kitchen fun!
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- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 8 oz Greek yogurt (lowfat OK)
- 1/4 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Heaping 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- 2 cups graham crackers, crushed
- 32 oz (4 small cans) Dole Pineapple Tidbits
- 8 oz (2 small cans) Dole Pineapple Slices, chilled - you will need 8 pineapple slices total
You will also need
- stand mixer or hand mixer, food processor or plastic storage bag and rolling pin, 8 parfait cups
- Combine ricotta, Greek yogurt, sugar, Grand Marnier, vanilla and salt in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl and whip until thoroughly combined.
- Crush the graham crackers in a food processor or place them in a plastic storage bag and crush with a rolling pin.
- Drain the Dole Pineapple Tidbits in a colander, then place them onto a paper towel and blot them to remove excess juice.
- Using 8 standard parfait cups (1 cup capacity each), layer in 1/4 cup graham crackers into the bottom of each cup.
- Top the graham crackers with 1/4 cup of the drained Dole Pineapple Tidbits.
- Evenly distribute the cheesecake mixture between the cups (about 1/3 cup in each).
- Cover the parfait cups with plastic wrap, then chill for at least 3 hours, or until the cheesecake mixture is firm.
- When ready to serve, drain the Dole Pineapple Slices of excess juice. Garnish the top of each parfait with one pineapple ring. Serve chilled.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dole Packaged Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.