Retro Pineapple Casserole
Pineapple Casserole Recipe – This blast from the past features bits of pineapple baked with cheddar cheese and crushed crackers. It’s a sweet, perfectly cheesy, and crunchy casserole to pair with your fave retro dishes!
Okay, before you start wondering how in the world this recipe works, let me assure you – Pineapple Casserole is an oldie and a goodie!
This is such a weird and wonderful old-school potluck staple. Typically found in old church or Junior League cookbooks, this simple side dish is a fun diversion from the standard potato or pasta casseroles. My husband calls it “bizarrely delicious!”
Classic Pineapple Casserole
Pineapples and cheese aren’t necessarily an obvious pairing. In fact, you might have thought the title of this recipe was a typo. But, as my kids reminded me, we eat this combo all the time on Hawaiian pizza… So why not in a casserole?
It’s true – sweet tangy pineapple *actually* goes great with gooey salty melted cheese. Add crushed-up Ritz crackers and yowza, you’ve got a winning Pineapple Casserole Recipe!
You are seriously going to love the look on people’s faces when they go from intrigued to pleasantly surprised by how tasty this dish is!
Ingredients You Need
Less than a dozen ingredients are included in this interesting and delightful casserole recipe. And while you might not have canned pineapple in the cabinet at all times, the rest of the ingredients are pantry staples.
To make classic Pineapple Cheese Casserole you need:
- Canned pineapple – tidbits work best, otherwise you’ll need to chop larger pieces
- Granulated sugar – or coconut sugar
- All-purpose flour – sub with gluten-free flour if desired
- Sharp cheddar cheese – shredded
- Seasonings – crushed red pepper, garlic powder, salt
- Ritz crackers – crushed (you can also find GF versions)
- Butter – melted
Note: Feel free to omit the crushed red pepper if you are sensitive to spice.
How to Make the Best Retro Pineapple Casserole Recipe
Start to finish it only takes roughly 30 minutes to make classic Pineapple Cheese casserole from scratch.
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set out a mixing bowl and an 8×8 inch baking dish.
Drain the cans of pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup of pineapple juice.
Then place the pineapple tidbits, reserved juice, sugar, flour, sharp cheddar cheese, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and salt in the bowl.
Scoop the mixture into the baking dish and spread it out evenly.
Next, place the Ritz crackers and a large zip bag. Crush into crumbs. Then pour the melted butter into the bag and shake to coat. Sprinkle over the top of the pineapple casserole mixture.
Make sure the crushed crackers are in an even layer.
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Bake the cheese and pineapple casserole uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until the crushed crackers on top are golden brown.
Serve the casserole warm as a side dish alongside your favorite main dishes.
Pineapple and cheese pair perfectly with ham on a pizza, so enjoy this with nearly any pork main dish! We love it with:
- Baked Ham with Honey Mustard
- Classic Brown Sugar Ham
- Coca-Cola Baked Ham
- Grilled Pork Chops
- Magic 2-Ingredient Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Frequently Asked Questions
Definitely! You can use other buttery crackers you like, or leave off the crackers entirely. The casserole won’t have the same great crunch, but the pineapple and cheesy goodness will still taste super yummy!
Use your preferred GF-friendly flour alternative, and swap traditional Ritzs crackers for any buttery gluten free-friendly crackers.
While technically yes it can, I do not recommend you prepare Pineapple and Cheese Casserole with fresh fruit. It won’t have the same key sweetness or soft texture as canned pineapple.
Sure! You can prep this casserole ahead by making pineapple and cheese filling, spreading it into the baking dish, then covering and refrigerating until it’s time to bake and enjoy. Wait until you’re ready to get the casserole in the oven before preparing and adding the crushed cracker topping.
Alternatively, you can make the entire casserole in advance, then keep it in the fridge and re-bake to serve. But note that the crackers will not be as crunchy if they are baked multiple times.
Store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. To reheat, bake in a 350-degree oven until heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
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Retro Pineapple Casserole Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Set out a mixing bowl and a 8×8 inch baking dish.
- Drain the cans of pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup of pineapple juice.
- Place the pineapple tidbits, reserved juice, sugar, flour, sharp cheddar cheese, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and salt in the bowl. Mix well.
- Scoop the mixture into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
- Place the Ritz crackers and a large zip bag. Crush into crumbs. Then pour the melted butter into the bag and shake to coat.
- Sprinkle the cracker crumbs evenly over the top of the pineapple. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.