This pineapple casserole is out-of-this-world good. It's a little sweet, a little salty, a little cheesy, and a whole lotta delicious. The recipe combines pineapple chunks with cheddar cheese and Ritz crackers to make a sweet and salty casserole you won't soon forget. You can serve it as a side dish or dessert, and the best part is that it takes under 30 minutes to make from start to finish!
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My Take On Pineapple Casserole
You know how some foods that sound like they'd never go together taste delicious when mixed? Well, that's exactly what this pineapple casserole is!
Only 6 basic ingredients are all you need to put it together, and just 10 minutes of prep work are all you need to get it going. Then, after that, your oven will take care of all of the hard work from there.
Yup, it's that easy and is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or makes for one of the best Thanksgiving casseroles.
Ingredients You'll Need
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it's made with super simple ingredients. Honestly, there's a good chance you'll have most - if not all of them - on hand already.
Anyway, here's everything you'll need to make this pineapple casserole:
- 2 cups Canned Pineapple Tidbits (+ 2 tbsp. Juice)
- ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ cup Sugar
- ½ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Ritz Crackers, crushed
- ¼ cup Butter, melted
Pretty simple stuff, right?
Ingredient Substitutions And Suggestions
Now, when it comes to pineapple for this recipe, canned pineapple works great because you'll need a few tablespoons of juice from the cans.
That being said, don't be afraid to toss in some fresh pineapple - if you have it - or even some crushed pineapple for added texture.
As for the size of the pineapple pieces that you'll want to use for this casserole, I think the tidbits work best since they're a little smaller than the chunks. However, if the chunks are all you have on hand, you can always cut the chunks into smaller pieces and use those.
Lastly, for the cheese, I prefer sharp cheddar cheese because I think it compliments the sweet pineapple the best. But, mild cheddar cheese will work as well.
How To Make Pineapple Casserole
As I've mentioned a few times, this recipe is super easy to put together, and it requires minimal active cooking. Again, 5-10 minutes is all that it'll take you to prep the casserole. Then, it just has to bake in the oven.
Sounds easy-peasy, right?!
Step 1: Prep Work
First things first, you'll want to preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and prepare an 8x5 inch casserole dish (or something similar in size) by greasing it with butter or oil.
Now, you can set the casserole dish aside and strain the cans of pineapple through a strainer. Just make sure you save two tablespoons of the juice before straining the rest away.
Step 2: Mix The Ingredients
So, now that the prep is out of the way, you'll want to take out a large mixing bowl. Then, add the pineapple tidbits, pineapple juice, flour, sugar, and shredded cheddar cheese to the bowl and mix until everything is well-combined.
Then, in a separate bowl, mix the crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter together until the crackers soak up all of the butter. By the way, you can either mash up the crackers into crumbs while they're in the bowl, or you can crush them beforehand.
Step 3: Build The Pineapple Casserole
At this point, all of the ingredients should be mixed and prepared.
So, now you can add the pineapple mixture to the prepared casserole dish and smooth it out with a rubber spatula. Then, once that's looking good, you'll want to top the mixture with the buttery crackers - just make sure you sprinkle them on evenly.
Now, once the casserole is all prepped, you can put it in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown.
Finally, to finish up, let the casserole cool for a few minutes, then serve warm and enjoy!
How To Store This Casserole
This recipe for pineapple casserole will make about 6 servings and if you're lucky you might end up with some leftovers. If you do, consider yourself lucky, this recipe tastes incredible the day/s after you make it.
Anyway, to store your leftovers, either put a lid on the casserole dish you cooked the casserole in and store 'em in the fridge that way, or transfer them to an airtight container. Stored either of these ways your pineapple casserole will stay good for about 4 days.
How To Reheat
I'll be honest, I don't always reheat my leftover pineapple casserole just because it tastes so good straight out of the fridge!
With that said though, you can definitely heat it up if you want to. The quickest method is to reheat single portions in the microwave in 10-second increments until warmed through. That's what I usually do.
However, if you're planning on reheating more than one serving, you'll want to bake the casserole in the oven. Just heat the casserole in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until it's warmed through.
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- Crack chicken casserole
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- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC).
- Drain the cans of pineapple but save 2 tablespoons of the juice.
- In a bowl, combine pineapple, pineapple juice, flour, sugar, and cheddar cheese.
- In another bowl, combine Ritz crackers and butter.
- Grease an 8x5 inch. baking dish and place the pineapple mixture in it. Top with the Ritz cracker mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serving Size:½ Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g