Classic Pineapple Casserole

March 26, 2024
Classic cheesy Pineapple Casserole is truly a Southern potluck favorite -- that graces the table of many Easter, 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 just something that's supposed to be enjoyed 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, started my first "real" job, and it was my first Thanksgiving away from Mom's cooking. I was super blessed, though, to be invited by my brother's mother-in-law to have Thanksgiving dinner with their (very Southern) family.

I won't go into all the Northern vs. Southern Thanksgiving-food-culture-shock I experienced that day. But one thing on the Thanksgiving table I wasn't used to was this classic Pineapple Casserole. I had never ... ever ... seen this dish before.

Not only was it hot pineapple (of which, remember, I am generally not a fan), it had cheddar cheese mixed with the pineapple! Cheddar cheese and pineapple?? -- I remember thinking, as I took a scoop so as not to be rude, "Oh, my, this is not going to go well."

But much to my shock and dismay, that crazy-to-me Pineapple Casserole 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 alas, I do.

And turns out, a lot of other people like it, 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 church and family-gathering function. And Pineapple Casserole is always a crowd-pleaser. Always.

And when paired with a simple ham steak, baked pork chop, or grilled chicken breast, classic Pineapple Casserole helps get a delicious meal on the table at home in no time flat.

A true Southern potluck favorite, Pineapple Casserole is known to grace the table of many Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day dinners in the South, too!

What's to Love About This Recipe?

  • A Southern classic - A true Southern potluck favorite, Pineapple Casserole is known to grace the table of many Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day dinners in the South, too!
  • Full of flavor - This tasty combination of sweetened pineapple, cheese, and cracker crumb topping is loaded with fabulous flavor. 
  • Just 6 ingredients - No long list of ingredients here. It takes just 6 simple ingredients to whip up a pan of classic Pineapple Casserole.
  • Super easy to make - Stir together ingredients, sprinkle with crumb topping, and bake. -- That's truly all it takes to whip up this classic favorite.

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Classic Pineapple Casserole Ingredients:

It takes just 6 simple ingredients to make classic Pineapple Casserole. To whip up a pan, you'll need:

  • Canned chunk pineapple - The star ingredient of the juice. Choose pineapple canned in juice, with no sugar added.

  • Granulated sugar - Sweetens the casserole's pineapple base and enhances its fabulous flavor.

  • Self-rising flour - Thickens the juice released from the pineapple as the casserole bakes, which gives a nice texture and keeps the casserole from becoming too runny.

  • Grated sharp cheddar cheese - Grate your own cheddar from a block, rather than using packaged pre-shredded, for the best flavor and texture result.

  • Ritz crackers - Crumbled Ritz crackers create the crunchy crumb topping for the casserole. You'll need approximately 1 sleeve of crackers. While Ritz are traditional, Keebler Townhouse or Club crackers could work, as well.

  • Butter - One stick of butter, melted, finishes off the casserole's crumb topping. Choose unsalted butter, as the crackers of the topping already contain the topping's needed saltiness.

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How to Make Pineapple Casserole:

Classic Pineapple Casserole is super easy to make. Just a little stirring, sprinkling of a cracker crumb topping, and baking is all it takes.

To get a panful started, first combine canned chunk pineapple with some self-rising flour, granulated sugar, and grated cheddar cheese. Keep in mind, while you can certainly use packaged pre-shredded cheese, grate your own cheddar from a block for the best flavor and texture result.

Spoon the pineapple mixture into a baking dish.

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Then mix up a crumb topping with crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter.

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Sprinkle the buttered cracker crumbs evenly over the pineapple mixture.

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Pop the pan in the oven an bake the casserole until it's nice and golden.

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Then you've got yourself a pan of crowd-favorite classic Pineapple Casserole, ready to serve up paired beautifully alongside baked ham or turkey. Or pork. Or chicken. -- You name it.

But if you're skeptical, like me? -- Don't be afraid! Give the pineapple and cheese combination of classic Pineapple Casserole a chance. Because 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 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. 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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