Pineapple Casserole Recipe

Vintage Recipe with Ritz Cracker and Cheese

Features:
  • Egg Free
  • Vegetarian
Cuisine:
Pineapple Casserole Recipe
  • 50 min
  • Serves 10
  • Medium

Ingredients

This pineapple cheese casserole is one of our favorite holidays go-to. My two boys just adore the flavors and enjoy helping me throw it together for family dinners or to feed a crowd. We’ve made this easy casserole as one of the Easter dinner side dishes or proudly taken it along to potlucks. Super flavorful and filling, the Ritz crackers add an unexpected crunch to the cheesiness and sweetness in this baked pineapple casserole.

What is Pineapple Casserole?

Pineapple casserole is a delightful mix of sweet, savory, and buttery flavors. It’s awesome comfort food and so many people, from kids to adults, can enjoy this fruit, cracker, and cheddar casserole. It’s simple to throw together and the ingredients are all readily available.

Is It a Dessert?

You can serve a pineapple casserole dessert course or as a side dish. Its flavors make it super flexible and it goes well with so many different dishes or stands well on its own.

 

What Cheese Should I Use?

Sharp cheddar is a great option for this dish. The strong flavor contrasts the sweetness of the pineapple in such a yummy explosion of flavors.

Grated cheddar is the best choice to mix and melt well into the casserole.

Can I Add Sweet Potato?

Sure! Throwing in a sweet potato or two adds a nutritional punch and an extra, earthy sweetness. Just peel and boil your sweet potatoes ahead of time until soft. Let them cool and dice them. Stir them into your dish with the pineapple before topping and baking.

How to Store

Casseroles are amazing because they reheat so well! You can cover this dish with foil or a lid and store in in the fridge. Just reheat it to enjoy yummy leftovers for up to five days.

How to Make Pineapple Casserole

    Ingredients

    Adjust Servings:
    1 Large Pineapple or two 20-oz. cans pineapple chunks
    ½ cup Sugar
    6 tbs. All Purpose Flour
    7 oz. Cheddar
    3.5 oz. Ritz Crackers 1 sleeve
    4 oz. Butter

    How to Make pineapple casserole

    How to make. Steps

    1
    Done

    Preheat and prep

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a ½ quart casserole dish. If using fresh pineapple, cut it into bite-sized chunks. If using canned pineapple, simply drain the juice.

    2
    Done

    Finely grate cheese

    3
    Done

    Mix dry ingredients

    In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and flour.

    4
    Done

    Mix all together

    Then add the cheese and stir under well combined. Stir in the pineapple and pour the mixture into the prepared dish.

    5
    Done

    Crush the crackers

    This is a fun step that my boys love to help with. Crush the Ritz crackers into crumbs in a bowl.

    6
    Done

    Melt butter in a saucepan

    Melt butter over medium heat always after crackers are crushed because the butter melts in a couple of minutes.

    7
    Done

    Make Your Topping

    Stir together the Ritz crackers and melted butter to make a crumbly topping.

    8
    Done

    Sprinkle

    You or your kids can then spread the mixture evenly over the pineapple and cheese mixture.

    9
    Done

    Bake

    Place the dish in your preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping turns golden brown.

    10
    Done

    Serve

    This dish is delicious served warm. It also makes wonderful leftovers!

    Healthy Substitutions for Some Ingredients

    When I cook pineapple casserole for my home dinner (without the need to impress guests) I usually use healthier ingredients. Here are the changes to the recipe.

    I reduce the amount of Ritz Crackers from 1 sleeve to 1/2 and add 1/2 cup instant oats.
    I don’t use sugar.
    I switch out butter for 1/3 cup coconut oil.
    I use gluten free flour.
    I use low-fat cheese instead of full fat.
    I reduce the amount of Ritz Crackers from 1 sleeve to 1/2 and add 1/2 cup instant oats.

    You might want to play around with your recipe, adjust the other ingredients but I found the substitution pretty easy to do. Kids can’t feel the difference 🙂

    Tried This Dish and Love It?

    If you have tried this dish and love it, let me know in the comments! I would love to see how everyone enjoyed this fabulous dish!

    Notes

    The calories are shown for one 4 oz serving (about 1/2 cup).

    Nutritional information

    269.3 kcal
    Nutrition
    28.4 g
    Carbs
    7.4 g
    Protein
    14.2 g
    Fat

    Ann Green

    I’m Ann and I enjoy creating plant based recipes for people who love to eat and want to feel good about it! I live in Thailand and travel around the world in search of inspiration for my recipes. All of them are healthy, simple and kids approved. Pick out a recipe and let's get cooking! Read more

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