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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pineapple Casserole



Pineapple Casserole is one of those dishes that makes it's appearance at holiday meals and other gatherings. It's always a favorite and disappears fast!

If you're like me, I almost forgot about this classic Southern dish. I was reminded of it recently when I ate lunch at a restaurant, one of those "meat and three" kind of places while I was out of town. I couldn't believe I forgot about how great pineapple casserole is.


The first time I had it, the only thing I knew was that it was called pineapple casserole. I had no idea what was in it. One bite and you get this interesting mesh of flavors that work so wonderfully well together. You savor it. You try to figure out what's in it and study it. You notice the pineapple, obviously, and then cheese topped with cracker crumbs. Yes, cheese! WHAT?? It may seem to be an odd combination but you're going to have to trust me on this. You're going to love this old school casserole if it's your first time trying it.

One of the great things about this recipe is even if you are a beginner cook, this is just so easy to make. Take it along to your next covered dish supper and watch it disappear. You'll be gleaming with joy at how much it will be enjoyed by all who are lucky enough to grab a spoonful.

As I was enjoying my lunch, where I was re-introduced to pineapple casserole, I sent myself an email reminder to make it to share with my readers. I do that a lot......send myself email reminders that is. Y'all, I tell you that I go into the kitchen sometimes and forget why on earth I went in there. So...list and reminders have become a necessity for me. HA! It's a system that works for me so I go with it.

The day after I returned from my trip, I made the pineapple casserole and here's how I did it......



Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tbs All Purpose Flour
  • 6 tbs Pineapple Juice 
  • 1 20 oz Can of Pineapple Chunks, drained and juice reserved
  • 1 20 oz Can of Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 1 c Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Sleeve of Butter Crackers, crushed (recommend Ritz)
  • 1 Stick of Butter, melted and divided

Preheat oven to 350℉

In a mixing bowl - combine sugar and flour.

Drain pineapple, be sure to reserve six tablespoons of the pineapple juice.

Add the reserved pineapple juice to the sugar and flour. Whisk to combine.

Add the drained pineapple chunks and crushed pineapple and stir to combine with the slurry mixture.


Melt one stick of butter. I do this in the microwave for a few seconds.

Add two tablespoons of the melted butter to the bottom of a small baking dish. Give it a swirl to coat the bottom of the dish. I used a 6x9 baking dish but any small baking dish will do fine.


Crush the Ritz crackers and add the crumbs to a small bowl. Did you know that Ritz crackers have been around since 1934?

Add the remaining melted butter to the cracker crumbs and stir to combine together.


Add the pineapple mixture to the casserole dish and top with the shredded cheese.

Lastly, add a layer of the buttery cracker crumb topping.


It's ready for the oven! Place the casserole into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.

After baking time, remove the casserole from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes. Serve warm.

















16 comments:

  1. A classic, looks delicious JJ!

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  2. I'm not Southern have never had this dish, not sure what a "meat and three" restaurant is, but I sure enjoy your blog and I'll have to give this a try. I know this is all about the food, but I have to say that the yellow wavy dish you baked this in is just beautiful, and PERFECT to show off a pineapple dish. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Nancy,
      Thank you so much. It makes my heart smile that you stop by and enjoy my site. I think you'll love this recipe. I am not exaggerating when I say it disappears....fast! I actually went out and bought the casserole dish for this recipe post. I guess you could say it's kind of a prop. That happens a lot with my work and I have wayyyyyy too many dishes. A meat and three - it's one of those places where you pick you meat and you get to choose 3 side dishes to go with it. Please let me know what you think of the pineapple casserole after you try it.

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  3. never heard of this one before! is it more of a side dish or dessert really...i know the pinepple part would be sweet, but the cheese? ha what category would this one fit under?

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    1. HaHa - I think it may be best to let the person eating decide. I agree it could be either.

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  4. I pinned your awesome Pineapple Casserole! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. I used to make this casserole. Haven't done it in years though. It is a good one!!

    Charlotte Moore

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  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  7. I've made this for years but never used but one can of pineapple .... not the crushed ! interesting.... THIS is truly one of my favorite recipes !

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