This classic cheesy Pineapple Casserole is truly a Southern potluck favorite!
I'm generally not a fan of hot pineapple. Like on pizza. Nope ... to me, pineapple is something that's just supposed to be eaten cold.
So the first time I encountered this pineapple casserole ... probably needless to say, ... I was very skeptical.
I remember that first time well.
I had just moved from Vermont to North Carolina, had just started my first 'real' job, and ... it was my first Thanksgiving away from my Mom's cooking. I was super blessed, though, and was invited by my brother's mother-in-law to have Thanksgiving dinner with their family. So sweet!
I won't go into all the Northern vs. Southern Thanksgiving-food-culture-shock I experienced that day. Perhaps we'll save that for another day ... But one thing that was on the table that I wasn't used to was this classic Pineapple Casserole.
I had never ... ever ... seen this dish before.
Not only was it hot pineapple ... which I didn't like ... it had cheddar cheese mixed with the pineapple! Cheddar cheese and pineapple?? I remember thinking, as not to be rude ~ I took a scoop, "Oh, my, this is not going to go down easy."
And turns out a lot of other people do, too.
This easy-to-whip up, quick-to-fix dish just so happens to be a true Southern potluck favorite, turning up at almost every bring-a-dish-to-share function. And it's always a crowd-pleaser. Always.
And when paired with a simple ham steak, or baked pork chop, or grilled chicken breast, this casserole helps get a delicious meal on the table at home in no time flat.
Then make a crumb topping with crackers and melted Country Crock Spread ...
... and sprinkle it evenly over the pineapple mixture.
Bake it 'til it's golden ...
... and you've got yourself crowd-favorite classic Pineapple Casserole, ready to pair beautifully alongside baked ham or turkey. Or pork. Or chicken.
Skeptical, like me? Don't be afraid! I encourage you ... give pineapple and cheese a chance. Also like me, you may just be pleasantly surprised by this quick-fix favorite.
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Source: My brother's mother-in-law
- 2 (20 oz.) cans chunk pineapple in juice (no sugar added), well drained
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 6 T. self-rising flour
- 2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 c. crumbled Ritz crackers (approximately 1 sleeve)
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) Country Crock Spread or margarine, melted
- Mix together drained pineapple, sugar, flour, and cheese. Pour into an 8x8" baking dish lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine Ritz cracker crumbs and melted margarine, tossing with a fork to moisten all the crumbs. Top the pineapple mixture evenly with the cracker crumb mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until heated through.