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Fresh Pineapple Casserole

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Fresh pineapple casserole takes the king of fruit, butter crackers and cheddar cheese and turns them into something amazing. This recipe is both sweet and savory and is a perfect side dish to go with a holiday ham.

Small dish filled with pineapple casserole topped with buttery cracker crumbs and cheese.

Pineapple casserole may sound a bit strange, but it is a southern delicacy for good reason. Usually it is made with canned pineapple, but this recipe uses fresh fruit to make it extra tasty.

This recipe is a must make for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It goes really well with main dishes like ham and turkey but is also perfect served with oven baked ribs or baked bbq chicken.

You will find this cheesy scalloped pineapple is easy to make and tastes great. Just chop the pineapple and top it with cheddar cheese, cracker crumbs and a bit of butter.

Crackers, butter, cheese, flour, sugar and a fresh pineapple ready to be made into southern casserole.

Bake it all together into a gooey delicious casserole that has a sweet layer topped with a savory crunch. The combination may sound a bit weird, but it really works.

If you like a slice of cheese on your apple pie or pineapple on your pizza, you are going to love it. However, don’t be afraid to try it even if those combinations aren’t your favorite, this recipe is its own thing entirely.

Easy Additions

While I love this recipe just the way it is written, feel free to add a little flare if you want. Try adding one or more of these possibilities to add more texture or flavor to the recipe.

Pecans are on great option. Of course that adds more southern flavor and crunch to the topping.

Or try stirring some shredded coconut into the pineapple mixture. It adds more tropical flare. It is a lot like the side dish cousin of my pineapple coconut pie.

You can also try adding a splash of vanilla. Or sub in brown sugar for the white sugar to add notes of pineapple upside down cake flavors.

Tips and Tricks

You want to dice your pineapple relatively small for this recipe. At the very least it should be bite size, but smaller is better.

Running your knife through the pineapple an extra time or two doesn’t add much effort or prep time, but it will make eating the casserole more enjoyable. Plus it will allow the pineapple to cook more evenly.

Feel free to experiment with different kinds of crackers. However buttery Ritz style crackers are the most popular and that is what I used here.

Baked southern pineapple casserole with a serving spoon in the corner.

You can also try using different cheese varieties. I used a shredded sharp cheddar and again that is the most commonly used type of cheese.

This casserole is best served hot or warm. However I have been known to eat the leftovers cold and it is still tasty that way.

Small bowl filled with cheesy pineapple and cracker casserole.

Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four or five days. Just pop a little bit in the microwave to warm it back up.

While you can technically freeze this recipe, the topping will likely get soggy. If you do freeze it, try reheating it for a few minutes in the air fryer.

More Great Pineapple Recipes

Pineapple upside down baked oatmeal has a great creamy texture but is hearty enough to be cut into pieces. It is just sweet enough to taste like a treat but is a pretty healthy way to start the day!

Cherry pineapple Jello salad is sure to be a hit with your family. It is a simple make ahead side dish or simple dessert that is festive for a holiday or fun for a BBQ.   

Looking down on pineapple casserole showing gooey pineapple topped with golden cracker crumbs and melted cheddar cheese.

Margie’s chicken salad is the perfect mix of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. The addition of pineapple, grapes, and the simple dressing bring it all together to make a versatile and delicious sandwich filling, cracker topper and more.

Vintage lime Jello salad with pineapple has bright flavor and is fun to serve!  Our family lovingly refers to it as green Jello salad and it is coming to you from my great-grandma’s recipe box.

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Yield: 12 Servings

Fresh Pineapple Casserole

Small dish filled with pineapple casserole topped with buttery cracker crumbs and cheese.

Fresh pineapple casserole takes the king of fruit, butter crackers and cheddar cheese and turns them into something amazing. This recipe is both sweet and savory and is a perfect side dish to go with a holiday ham.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers (or similar)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8x8" baking dish.
  2. Remove core and skin from pineapple and cut fruit into bite sized pieces or smaller.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar and flour. Add pineapple and stir to coat.
  4. Spread pineapple mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Spread cheese over pineapple. Lightly crush crackers and sprinkle over the cheese.
  6. Drizzle melted butter over the crackers, then bake for 40-45 minutes or until the pineapple juice is bubbly and thick and the crackers and golden brown.
  7. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Fresh pineapple casserole takes the king of fruit, butter crackers and cheddar cheese and turns them into something amazing. This recipe is both sweet and savory and is a perfect side dish to go with a holiday ham.

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Amy (Savory Moments)

Monday 16th of May 2022

I've never seen anything like this before - super intriguing and I bet it's delicious.

Carlee

Monday 16th of May 2022

I know it sounds a little strange, but it really is tasty!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

This looks so intriguing and delightful AND Delicious!

Carlee

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Thank you, it really is good even if it sounds a little strange!

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