This Southern Pineapple Casserole recipe is the perfect easy casserole for holiday dinner. A classic Southern dish topped with a buttery cracker crumbs. 

I think the tagline for this Pineapple Cheese Casserole should be, “it tastes way better than it sounds!” Not being a southerner, my first reaction to a recipe that combined sweet pineapple with sharp cheddar cheese was a little dramatic.

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And not in a good way! I thought it was an odd combination and very “Paula Dean,” to say the least. But, I am open minded and will try almost any dish once! 

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The good news is that I love when I get proven wrong, especially about food. And, I was totally wrong about this cheesy pineapple casserole. It’s fantastic! 

But, I am totally aware this is a strange dish, but some things just work, and you really don’t taste the cheese. The cheese just adds a creamy, salty element to the pineapple flavor.

Surprisingly, I have to admit that the flavors of this baked pineapple casserole recipe work so well, it’s become a family favorite for holiday meals! 

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This easy pineapple casserole has simple ingredients: pineapple, sugar (or brown sugar), flour to thicken it, and salty cheese. My favorite part? The crunchy top made with buttery Ritz crackers, melted butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. This buttery cracker topping adds crunch and a hint of salty flavors to the sweetness of the fruity filling! 

This delicious casserole is the perfect side dish for any holiday table with ham as the main course! And, I have more serving suggestions as well as recipe substitutions below. 

Substitutions 

I truly believe that the best recipe is the one you already have the ingredients for on hand! Here are a few ingredient substitution suggestions: 

  • Yes, you can absolutely use fresh pineapple! You will need 4-5 cups. You can also use canned crushed pineapple. 
  • Substitute brown sugar for the white sugar. 
  • ​Feel free to substitute any other brand of buttery crackers for the Ritz! 

Additions:

There are a few additions you can make to switch up the flavors in this unique casserole. Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Add a sprinkle of coconut flakes on top of the pineapple mixture. 
  • Add a bit of diced mango or peach to the pineapple filling. 

Check out the other pineapple recipes on Blackberry Babe. 

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Serving Suggestions: 

Serve this delicious side dish as the perfect complement to your holiday ham or Thanksgiving turkey! It’s a wonderful addition to Thanksgiving dinner or holiday gatherings. 

In the springtime, pair this pineapple dish with your Easter ham for Easter dinner. Ham and pineapple are the perfect pairing! I recommend my Double Smoked Ham (made on the smoker), or Rum Ham (made in the oven). Don’t forget dessert! I love this beautiful Italian Easter cake!

If you need side dish suggestions, I would pair this slightly sweet recipe with savory flavors. Consider side dishes like Southern Green Bean Casserole, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes, Cream Cheese Corn Casserole or Easy Roasted Air Fryer Carrots!

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Storing Leftovers:

Cover leftover pineapple casserole with plastic wrap, or transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently.

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The Best Southern Pineapple Casserole (Easy Recipe)

Yield: Serves 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Southern Pineapple Casserole recipe is the perfect easy casserole for holiday dinner. A classic Southern dish topped with a buttery cracker crumbs. 

Ingredients

  • 40 ounces canned pineapple chunks, drained (reserve 2 tablespoons juice from can)
  • 1 cup of sugar or brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

For the cracker crumb topping:

  • 1 cup crushed crackers, preferably Ritz
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, make the filling. Add the drained pineapple chunks, reserved pineapple juice, sugar and flour. Toss to coat the pineapple evenly. 
  3. Add the shredded cheese, stir until well combined. 
  4. Transfer the pineapple mixture into the prepared casserole dish, spreading it evenly with a spatula. 
  5. In a separate small bowl, make the topping. Mix the cracker crumbs, melted butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss gently until the cracker mixture resembles wet sand. 
  6. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the pineapple mixture in the dish. 
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is nice and golden brown and the casserole is bubbling. 
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 456Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 58mgSodium 328mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 2gSugar 47gProtein 8g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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