pineapple casserole

Southern Pineapple Casserole


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Southern family gatherings always include one thing; the casserole. Whether it's broccoli, hashbrown, or chicken and rice, casseroles and the south have always gone together like sugar and iced tea. No matter the occasion, be it a baby shower, Easter Sunday supper, or a funeral, casserole dishes are always present, and one of the most popular is Southern Pineapple Casserole, a side dish made with pineapple chunks, ritz crackers, melted butter, and sharp cheddar cheese. An acquired taste, oh heck yes.

What is Pineapple Casserole?

While the pineapple casserole recipe is found in most Southern church cookbooks, however, there's no record of where or when the first recipe was created. The juxtaposition between savory and sweet make this buttery casserole a must-have at every holiday table. Make it for your next potluck gathering and see what your friends and family think!

Go all out and prepare the casserole in a vintage Pyrex to give it that little extra oomph of retro-ness.

This recipe calls for pineapple chunks but using pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple is just as well if you want a creamier casserole. The pineapple chunks are larger and create a bigger bite. Just be sure to get the canned pineapple in the pineapple juice and not a syrup.

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How to Make Pineapple Casserole

Preheat your oven to 350F and prepare your baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the sugar, all-purpose flour, and reserved pineapple juice. Add the drained pineapple chunks and toss to combine. Spoon the pineapple mixture into the prepared casserole dish and top with the shredded cheddar cheese. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the buttery cracker crumbs with melted butter and stir to coat. Sprinkle the crumbs over the pineapple evenly.

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Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and pineapple mixture is bubbling.

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pineapple casserole

Southern Pineapple Casserole

It's not a Southern party without some casserole, and this Pineapple Casserole is a classic you need to try at least once.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 668 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 20-oz cans pineapple chunks, drains, 6 Tbsp pineapple juice reserved
  • 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and prepare your baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine the sugar, all-purpose flour, and reserved pineapple juice. Add the drained pineapple chunks and toss to combine. Spoon the pineapple mixture into the prepared casserole dish and top with the shredded cheddar cheese. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the buttery cracker crumbs with melted butter and stir to coat. Sprinkle the crumbs over the pineapple evenly.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and pineapple mixture is bubbling.

Nutrition

Calories: 668kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 18gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 660mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 1000IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 460mgIron: 1.3mg