Pineapple Casserole is the iconic 1950’s Southern recipe with a sweet yet very savory flavor combination of sweet pineapple, cheese, butter, and Ritz crackers that every Southerner seems to love serving during holidays potlucks, and even funerals.
Pineapple Casserole, sometimes referred to as that “Pineapple Thing,” is a quintessential Southern casserole. At the holidays, you’ll always find it on the dinner table or dining room buffet table, on the table between the sliced honey ham and deviled eggs, with a healthy-sized serving spoon ready to use at a moment’s notice.
During the holidays and family gatherings, I usually get one good chuckle over this casserole from someone who has never had the pleasure of eating old-fashioned style casseroles. There are usually two reactions. One is they notice it on the table and say, that looks good. What’s in it? I tell them the ingredients—pineapple, flour, sugar, cheese, melted butter, and butter crackers. I then get a look of severe shock and awe before putting a little tiny portion on their plate.
Keep in mind that the same person who has one taste of this Pineapple Casserole ends up back up to the buffet table– several times for more! (Insert chuckle here)
The other reaction I get when I serve this Pineapple Casserole recipe to a person who has never had this Pineapple Thing usually doesn’t ask one question about it dumps a spoonful and generally with a mouthful; of food asks, Is this dessert or is it a side?’ Then I have to give an honest answer. I have no idea—it could be either or depending on how you look at it, I guess. (Insert Chuckle here)
“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” -Mark Twain.
The first time I ate this wonderful odd casserole, my aunt made this recipe for a family reunion, and I thought she was out of her ever-loving mind. Pineapple, cheddar cheese, and butter crackers? I didn’t know whether to run from the table or take a tiny bite to appease her. My curiosity finally got the better of me, and I tried that Pineapple Thing Casserole that day. Heavens to Betsy, I swear that was the best casserole I ever tried, and I have been eating it ever since.
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” -Paul Prudhomme
Suggested Equipment for Pineapple Casserole
A medium-sized casserole dish
Ingredients lists for Pineapple Casserole
3/4 cup of sugar
Six tablespoons flour
One cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
One cup Colby-jack cheese, shredded
Two-20-ounce cans of pineapple chunks, reserve juice
Six tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice
One sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
Eight tablespoons, Unsalted butter, melted.
Tips for the recipe
If you would like a better presentation, swap out the pineapple chunks for tidbits.
You can do various cheeses in this casserole, such as sharp white cheddar, Yellow sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, and Colby-jack cheese.
Do not substitute margarine or salted butter in this recipe. It completely throws the flavor off.
Be sure to use butter crackers such a Ritz or the original Townhouse butter crackers.
This casserole stores well. Cover with a lid or foil, and it will stay well up to 3-4 days in a refrigerator.
If you enjoyed this recipe, here are a few other suggested recipes to try.
- Southern Broccoli and Rice Casserole is a Southern favorite in our home, and one of our most beloved recipes passed down from one generation to the next; made with long grain rice, fresh never frozen broccoli, sautéed Vidalia onions, sharp white cheddar, mild yellow cheddar, sour cream, low sodium vegetable broth, and topped with seasoned breadcrumbs.
- Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you’ll sink your teeth into this season. It is packed with organic green peas, carrots, celery, Colby-Jack Cheese, ham, crisp bacon, hardboiled eggs, crunchy sweet pickles, and red onions dressed in a creamy dressing made from a mayo base.
- Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon. This Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.
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- A medium-sized casserole dish
- ¾ cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons flour all-purpose
- 1 cup mild cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup Colby-jack cheese shredded
- 2-20- ounce canned pineapple chunks reserve juice
- 6 tablespoons pineapple juice
- 40 Ritz crackers crushed
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F
- Pretreat the casserole dish with cooking spray
- In a large glass bowl, combine the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the shredded mild cheddar cheese and Colby-jack cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks, and stir until ingredients are evenly combined. Pour the mixture into the pretreated casserole dish.
- In another medium glass bowl, combine the Ritz cracker crumbs, melted unsalted butter, and reserved pineapple juice, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until evenly blended. Spread the crumb mixture on top of the pineapple and cheese mixture.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until light golden brown.
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