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Pineapple Casserole has become a classic, Southern dish, and for good reason. It’s sweet, savory, and has a buttery topping that makes it totally addictive! Served as a side dish for the holidays or as a dessert, this surprising recipe will have you coming back for more.
If you’ve never had Pineapple Casserole, you might be rolling your eyes at the thought of such a concoction. Actually, I wouldn’t blame you one bit since it does seem quite strange that someone would want to make a casserole from pineapple, right? You also might be thinking this is one of those interesting recipes that is hard to wrap your head around.
What’s In Southern Pineapple Casserole?
What makes this pineapple casserole recipe such an unexpected delight is the addition of creamy, gooey cheese. I know, again, who’d think to bake pineapple and cheese together but trust me, it works! Of course, the crowning glory of this lovely undertaking is a layer of butter crackers.
- Canned Pineapple – crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits can be used
- Granulated Sugar
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese – grate it yourself for the best flavor and texture
- Ritz or Butter Crackers
- All Purpose Flour
Scroll down for measurements and instructions
Tips For Making The Best Pineapple Casserole
- Grate the cheddar cheese yourself for the best flavor and texture. Pre-shredded cheese has an anti-clumping coating that hampers the cheese from melting.
- Drain pineapple chunks using a strainer, and make sure to reserve the juice. You’ll need the reserved pineapple juice for the recipe.
- Make cracker crumbs by placing the Ritz crackers in a ziptop bag and breaking them up with your hands or the back of a wooden spoon.
- To save on dirtying another bowl, pour the melted butter into the bag with the cracker crumbs, and massage until the crackers are coated to make the topping.
How To Store and Reheat Leftovers
If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, store the baking dish or container covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat, place in a microwave-safe dish and heat until warmed through.
What To Serve With Southern Pineapple Casserole
You see, when you make a dish like Pineapple Casserole, it’s all about what you serve it with. This recipe, which is so simple to make, is most often seen on tables during Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This means it’s an excellent side dish for turkey and especially for ham.
- Brown Sugar Mustard Baked Ham
- Copycat Honey Baked Ham
- Best Roasted Pork Tenderloin
- Crock Pot Turkey Breast
- Herb Butter Roast Chicken and Potatoes
- Crock Pot Country Style Pork Ribs
- 2 20 oz cans pineapple chunks – drained with ¼ cup juice reserved
- ¾ cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese – shredded
- 2 cups (about 40 crackers) Ritz crackers – crushed
- ½ cup butter – melted
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine pineapple, sugar, flour, cheese and reserved juice. Mix together and pour into an 8×8 casserole dish.
- In a bowl, mix together crackers and butter. Sprinkle evenly over pineapple mixture. Place in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until top of casserole is golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
- If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, store the baking dish or container covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, place in a microwave-safe dish and heat until warmed through.
Can you bake pineapple casserole in ramekins!
I’ve never tried it but it might work. Let me know how it goes!
I saw this recipe, showed it to my husband, and we gave this a go yesterday. We mistakenly got crushed pineapple, but that didn’t hurt anything. We could not believe how delicious this was!! New favorite for our table! Yuummmeee!
Hey there Virginia!
Thank you so much for all your kind words and your terrific rating, I really appreciate all of your support! This is one of those recipes that’s a must-make for holidays but it’s also super simple to prepare for weeknight meals throughout the year. Since enjoyed this dish, you should check out my recipe for Easy Pineapple Coleslaw, the tropical flavors are incredible and it’s great to serve any time of year. Let me know if you ever have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help, thank you again for all your support!
OH, MY GOSH!!! Nirvana! I have Southern roots, but never heard of this. I’ve been missing out! As we were preparing it, my husband said, when we mixed the buttery crackers with melted butter, “We’ve been eating these crackers all wrong!” 😆 This is now a staple in our house! Yummmeee!!!
Hey there Virginia!
Wow! I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you found your way to my recipe, this southern staple is a family favorite in my house so I am super happy to hear that y’all enjoyed it as well! Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words and your fantastic rating, I really appreciate your support! Please let me know if you ever have any questions about a recipe, I’m always happy to help! I hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a Happy Holiday Season!
Hi I am making this for the first time for Thanksgiving for my family is it OK to make the night before n leave Crackers off n then in am put Crackers on n bake entire dish or go ahead n cook night before except the crackers
Hey there Lorie!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe! So, for this dish you can honestly take either approach to make it ahead of time. Usually I’ll prepare everything the day before and leave off the crackers, and then when I’m ready to serve it, I top the dish with crackers and bake it all together. That being said, you can totally bake it the day before and then add crackers right before you reheat it, it’s up to you! I hope this was helpful, let me know how everything turned out, I’d love to hear what y’all think!
Making for Thanksgiving meal for my family. Its my hubby favorite dish. Using your recipe this year.🦃 Happy Thanksgiving!!🦃
Hey there Kim!
I am so happy to hear that you’re adding this dish to your Thanksgiving Menu, Pineapple Casserole is definitely a must-have item on any holiday table! Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, please let me know how everything turns out, I’d love to hear what y’all think of this version! I hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Mary Lee Hoffman
This is has become a family favorite..and love that it’s a surprising side dish that everyone just loves! I have lived in the south all my life and no one had ever made this for me…shameful! Thanks for sharing!
Hey there Mary Lee!
I am happy to hear that everyone has enjoyed this recipe, it’s definitely a true southern classic! As you said, it’s always an unexpected dish but I think everyone has to try it at least once because it’s just so good. Thank you so much for your support and your kind words, let me know if you ever have any questions about a recipe! Have a great day!
Donya, I’m fixing this for the first time this year. I have a granddaughter who is a pineapple fiend, she’s expecting and is about 7 months along. Just a little treat for her to let her know she’s special and nana is making something just with her in mind.
Hey there Jane!
My goodness, what a sweet comment to receive, thank you so much for your interest in this recipe! Congratulations to your granddaughter, and to you as well, meeting a new family member is always so special. I really hope that everyone enjoys this dish, if she’s a pineapple lover then I’m sure this will be just the thing to tame any pregnancy cravings, it’s definitely a go-to comfort food in my family. Let me know how it turns out, thank you so much for your support, if you have any questions you’re more than welcome to reach out!
I would like to make your recipe, but am questioning if the cheese and crackers will make it too salty. Shall I use unsalted crackers instead?
Hey there Deborah!
That’s a completely understandable concern, but in my experience salted crackers don’t normally make it too salty. I usually use salted Ritz crackers for my topping and I think the salt works well because it tames down the sweetness from the pineapple. If you wanted to use unsalted that would absolutely still work well, it’s all about personal preference. I hope this helps, let me know what you think of this recipe if you end up giving it a try. Thank you for your support, I hope you have a Happy Holidays!
Hi Donya, can this be baked the night before and reheated, or would the pineapple absorb the crackers? How about making it 2-3 hours ahead and reheating? We don’t want to juggle oven dish timings. We’ve never eaten Southern Pineapple Casserole and your description sold us on making it for Thanksgiving. Thank you.
So, here’s what I would do. I’d make the casserole without the topping and bake it for 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven and just let it cool on the counter. Before you want to serve, add the topping and bake uncovered for 10 minutes. That should make the topping golden and heat the dish through. I hope this helps.
Let me know how things turn out. I’m honored to be a little part of your Thanksgiving day. 😉
Yes, I was wondering the same thing Ryan. I want to take to a dinner and it will sit awhile in travel and people gathering. -jo
Hey there Jo!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, I think it will make a wonderful dish to enjoy with friends! What you’ll want to do is prepare the casserole without the topping and then bake it for 20 minutes, cover it with tinfoil and transport to wherever you need. Then, about 15 minutes before you want to serve, add the topping and bake uncovered for 10 minutes, this will ensure that the topping doesn’t get soggy. I hope this helps, let me know how it turns out! Thank you for your support, if you ever have any other questions please feel free to reach out!