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This sweet southern pineapple casserole could be a side dish…or a dessert! This unique recipe with pineapple, cheddar cheese and butter crackers is always a hit.
Full honesty here. The first time my grandma made this recipe for a family picnic I thought she was crazy. Pineapple, cheese…and crackers? I didn’t know whether to be grossed out or intrigued. My curiosity got the best of me and I ended up trying easy pineapple casserole that day. I should have just stayed away because now I can’t stop eating it. It’s strange, I’ll admit, but it’s also addicting.
Whether you call it scalloped pineapple, pineapple casserole or baked pineapple, let’s just agree that it is a delicious southern side dish that goes perfect with a ham dinner. Ideal for Easter!
The first strange thing about this recipe is that it calls for shredded cheddar cheese. I have no idea why this works but it totally does. I recommend shredding a block of sharp cheddar cheese yourself. This will allow the cheese to melt smoothly and give you the best texture.
The buttery Ritz crackers on the top are so, so perfect.The salty crackers cut back on the sweet of the pineapple in a perfect way. Crush the crackers, toss them with butter and sprinkle the crumbs over the top of the pineapple mixture.
I like to use a deep dish 9″ pie plate to serve this casserole. You can use an 8×8 pan or a 1 ½ quart casserole dish. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes. The top will get nicely golden brown.
This is one of our Easter go to’s. We love Pineapple Casserole!
Be sure to use a brand-name cans of pineapples.. off brands in the tidbits are sometimes hard to chew.. it ruins your pie…. I usually just use the crushed because of this.. Nothing like having to spit your pineapples in a napkin !! I had to do this last Sunday at a party… the tidbits were tough. I have used the sliced pineapples in my casserole, but around the center hole and the outside of the sliced pineapple is also hard… it’s all the edges that are tough… I have cut all of that off… if that was all I… Read more »
I made this today for my inlaws Thanksgiving. Delicious!
I used to make a pineapple casserole years ago. My recipe was all tidbits. I thought the same thing about the strange combination. It really is a good casserole.
I never cared for this, but I was eating it warm. Then I had some left over and when I tasted it cold, it was amazing! Even my husband loved it cold.
It’s an amazing recipe! I can’t wait to make it for family dinners or to feed a crowd!
Absolutely delicious ❣️ Could almost be a dessert. Thanks for sharing
Fantastic recipe for baked pineapple. My Texan grandma has always made a variation of this dish for thanksgiving and, honestly, the taste had gone downhill throughout the years of memorization and oral recipe sharing. Finding an accurate recipe that’s nearly identical to what I remember eating 20 years ago as a child was not only validating, it was a huge success! I can’t decide whether to shred my cheese from a block so it melts and melds, or to use shreds for that piecey, separated cheese look. Both ways are totally yum. Overall, dank! Thank you for posting. <3
Oh lawd, I used chunks of pineapple and accidentally forgot the sugar. It was actually still good. A tad more juicy but only a teeny tiny bit. Lets just say, nothing was left and that means a winner. i use the original recipe from the caterer in Montgomery Alabama that created this. Honestly ( if I had not forgotten the sugar), this recipe is better.
Made this today. I’ve never had pineapple casserole before and absolutely love it. I might try reducing the sugar, but wow is this delicious.
There is a potluck at work that I want to make this for, but was thinking for transport I should do it in the crock pot. Ever done that? Any suggestions?
I have made this recipe numerous times and it is as good leftover (smiley)if you have any for left overs ,it is a wonderful recipe.We love it any time of the year.
Love this. I was trying to figure out what to fix with ham that wasn’t potato salad or pasta salad and this came to mind. Perfect! Just hope I don’t eat the whole thing.
Can I use brown sugar if I’m out of white?
I would have easily given this casserole a five star if the shredded cheese would have melted ‘completely’… anyone know why it didn’t? The shredded cheese became chewy in the leftovers … my hubby thought it was coconut? Did anyone else have this problem? Please any idea’s to remedy this for me because I really want to love this recipe. TY for your help!