Classic Pineapple Casserole

September 4, 2013
Classic cheesy Pineapple Casserole is truly a Southern potluck favorite ~ that graces the table of many Thanksgiving and Christmas day dinners in the South, too!

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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."

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But much to my shock and dismay, it was actually good!  I mean seriously, I didn't think there was any way in the world I would like a casserole based around cheesy hot pineapple.  But I do!

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.

To create this quick-and-easy pineapple concoction, simply combine chunk pineapple with some self-rising flour, sugar, and grated cheese ...

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Then make a crumb topping with crackers and melted butter, and sprinkle it evenly over the pineapple mixture.

Bake it until it's golden ...

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... 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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Yield: 8-10 Servings

Classic Pineapple Casserole

Classic cheesy Pineapple Casserole is truly a Southern potluck favorite ~ that graces the table of many Thanksgiving and Christmas day dinners in the South, too!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • 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) butter, melted


How to cook Classic Pineapple Casserole

  1. Mix together drained pineapple, sugar, flour, and cheese. Pour into an 8x8" baking dish lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until heated through.
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  1. Mmmm .... lots of good grub. No piggie for us though.

    Grits and green beans are definite faves in this fam. Who wouldn't like them. I suppose w/seafood is delicious also.

    As for pineapple on pizza .... very-very yummy. Honest. We often order X-thin crust, topped with honey grilled chicken, fresh garlic and sometimes caramelized onions. All very unique flavors w/ bits of sweetness! Gotta try before you say no!

    1. Love pineapple on pizza. My favorite combo is pineapple and anchovies. Sounds awful I know but it is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. I have never had anyone try it that didn't like it.

  2. Good Grub for eating and very easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  3. WOW! I have never seen anything like this either. I do like hot pineapple...but with the cheese. I am so intrigued that I might have to try. I'm pinning so I don't forget about this dish when I am looking for something adventurous!

    1. this recipe shows up a lot at church potlucks. There are never leftovers. It is very good.

  4. Great pics! Makes me want some right now! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #29.

    ~Amber @

  5. I think I would have the same reaction, actually, I am--Pineapple and Cheese??? But, the pictures look amazing. Pinning this for later when I have the nerve to cook it up myself!! Great post!
    Cindy @ Crazylou

  6. This pineapple casserole looks tasty! I love how simple it is to put together too!

  7. I make this Pineapple dish more like a desert. I use white cheddar and brown sugar, the flour and crackers. I am going to try it with white sugar and yellow cheddar. It is so good

  8. I love this Pineapple casserole! The first time I tried it, I was hooked! :)

  9. How many does the pineapple casserole serve or did I miss it. Looking forward to your response.

  10. I live in the south and have never heard of this but I think several members of my family might enjoy it! Thanks for sharing!


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