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.

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.

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

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Southern Pineapple Casserole 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes

servings

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 Facts
Southern Pineapple Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 668 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 660mg 28%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 38g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 46%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.