Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites

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Sweet charred pineapple paired with creamy mozzarella cheese, with a hint of rosemary and chilli.  These Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites make the perfect one bite, prepare ahead, canapé! You’ll just love this up to date cheese and pineapple combo!

Close up on the chilli marinated mozzarella ball

I just love these Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites. They are the grown up version of cheese and pineapple! Do you remember that retro party staple? A cube of cheese, a chunk of pineapple all served on a cocktail stick and then served on a foil covered half potato. Oh cheese and pineapple sticks were a childhood favourite!!! I don’t remember a birthday party without them.

But a couple of years ago I decided to drag cheese and pineapple back up to date with these Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites.

Mozzarella Balls and cubes of pineapple, skewered onto rosemary skewers.

The pineapple is lightly charred and then marinated in rosemary oil, the mini mozzarella balls are dressed with a spicy chilli/red pepper oil. Then everything is skewered together. The resulting nibble is a sweet and spicy bite that is perfect for eating with one hand.

If you haven’t charred pineapple before then you are in for a treat. It is sweet, juicy and smoky.

Over head view of the pineapple mozzarella skewers on a white platter set on a wooden table.

I think all canapés should be easy to eat. Think about it, your throw a a party, your guests have a glass of wine, everyone is chatting and someone reaches for a canapé and suddenly they need a plate. They have to put their wine down, hold their plate, eat their food and find there wine again. And who wants to put their wine down at a party?? Nope That is not how I rock it at Sprinkles and Sprouts parties!!!

Side view of the rosemary skewers showing the charred pineapple

For me a party and the key to easy entertaining is to have some delicious food, some happy guests and plenty of laughter.
So serve single mouthful or skewered foods, that leave guests free to keep their glass in hand.

And these Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites hit both of those!!! Skewered on natural cocktail sticks, made from my rosemary bush or a standard cocktail stick. They are easy to eat, super pretty to look at and can be made in advance! As I always say a prepare ahead canapé is an easy canapé and an easy canapés make for a stress free party. And that is what I am all about, stress free entertaining!

Over head showing full platter with 20 pineapple mozzarella skewers on a white platter set on a wooden table.

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Charred pineapple, chilli mozzarella on a rosemary skewers, on a white plate.
5 from 3 votes

Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites

Sweet charred pineapple paired with creamy mozzarella cheese, with a hint of rosemary and chilli.  These Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites make the perfect one bite, prepare ahead, canapé! You'll just love this up to date cheese and pineapple combo!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 17 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 20 baby mozzarella balls (drained)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or from a tin)
  • 20 cocktail sticks or trimmed rosemary branches


  1. Pour the olive oil into a cold frying pan, add the rosemary and place over a low heat.
  2. Let the oil to heat up and as soon it starts to shimmer, remove from the heat and pour the oil into a heatproof bowl. Set aside.

  3. Place the drained mozzarella balls into a separate bowl and sprinkles over the red pepper flakes. Shake gently to ensure each ball has a little chili on it, then set aside.

  4. Place your frying pan back on a high heat (no need to wash it) and add the pineapple chunks in a single layer. Cook over a high heat for 2 minutes then flip and cook on the other side for a further 2 minutes.

  5. Remove the pineapple from the pan and add to the  and add the pineapple into the warm rosemary oil. Set aside and allow to cool.

  6. Take your cocktail stick (or branch) and push on a baby mozzarella ball. Add a chunk of pineapple and set onto a platter.

  7. Cover and keep chilled until your party. 

  8. Remove them from the fridge at least 15 minutes before you want to eat them.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is per skewer:



Nutrition Facts
Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 17 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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    • Jennifer Banz
    • March 6, 2018

    What a beautiful little appetizer! I bet the salty cheese with the sweet pineapple is a heavenly bite!

    1. Reply

      It does just all work together so well Jennifer 😀

  1. They are so doggone cute. Every year we plant a rosemary bush and we have lots of rosemary sprigs. I can’t wait to make these darling appetizers.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Marisa, I love the association from my childhood but in cute adult form 😀
      I hope you enjoy them x

  2. Reply

    Love them, so creative! Pinned!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Angie,
      I loved cheese and pineapple as a child so I was excited to recreate it 😀

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  4. Nicely presented. Loved them..

    1. Reply

      Thank you, I love using the rosemary sticks, I think it makes them so pretty 🙂

  5. Reply

    These are too cute 🙂 Great idea!

    1. Reply

      Thank you.
      I used to love cheese and pineapple sticks as a kid 🙂

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