Easy baked pineapple casserole with Ritz crackers and shredded cheddar cheese is a classic Southern side dish recipe.
Sometimes you just want simple, basic food with no strange frou frou garnishments. Comfort food like grandma used to make. This is one of those recipes.
I first had this at Porches Restaurant in Wesson, Miss. The restaurant is a lovely converted old house that serves handmade crab cakes that are out of this world. Every time I go there I order this warm, sweet pineapple casserole with Ritz crackers. It’s their signature dish.
How to Make Baked Pineapple Casserole with Ritz Crackers
This delicious recipe could not be easier to make. It serves a crowd, but you can easily scale it down.
Step one. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step two. This recipe starts with 6-7 cups of diced pineapple. You can use fresh pineapple. A three pound fresh pineapple will yield you about 4 1/2 cups of diced. Fresh pineapple is a lot of work, though. I opt to either use the pre-cut fresh or canned. If using canned, drain the juice first.
Pour the diced pineapple into a large mixing bowl and add some granulated white sugar, all-purpose flour and sharp shredded cheddar cheese. Give it a good mix. Then pour it into a 9 x 12 x 2 inch casserole dish.
Step three. Crush your Ritz crackers. Easiest way I’ve found is to place the crackers in a large resealable plastic bag, seal the bag, then roll over the crackers with a rolling pin. If you need to relieve some stress, you could also give them a good whack! Sprinkle the crushed pineapple over the top of the pineapple casserole.
Step four. Melt three tablespoons of unsalted butter. Pour the melted butter over the crackers.
Step five. Bake for about 25 minutes. The crackers should be nice and toasty and the casserole warm and bubbly when you pull it out of the oven.
The Husband knows how good this is. He hovered over my shoulder yesterday afternoon as I photographed this dish, waiting for me to give the green light so he could swipe one and dive in.
It’s both sweet and salty and slightly creamy. It always makes me think of spring and would the perfect accompaniment to your holiday spread.
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Baked Pineapple Casserole with Ritz Crackers
- 6 cups pineapple chunks drained
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine pineapple, sugar, flour, and cheese.
Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 12 x 2-inch casserole dish.
- Crush crackers and sprinkle over the top of the pineapple mixture.
- Pour melted butter evenly over cracker layer.
- Bake casserole for 25 minutes or until golden brown and slightly bubbly.