Baked Pineapple Casserole with cheese is a classic side dish you’ll find in every Southern church cookbook. Popular at potlucks and funerals, you can’t beat its simple and easy ingredient list. As crazy as it sounds, it’s surprisingly good!
Have you ever eaten a pineapple casserole with cheese? If you’ve never had it, you might wrinkle your nose. After all, the unique combination of pineapple, cheese and crackers might not seem like something you’d want to serve for dinner.
What is Baked Pineapple Casserole?
While it might sound like a dessert, a pineapple and cheese casserole is a savory casserole with sweetness from the pineapple and savory from the cheese and crackers on top.
If you like pineapple on pizza, I think you’ll love this pineapple bake. It’s got that same salty-sweet combo from the buttery crackers, melted cheddar cheese and juicy fruit chunks. It might not be as healthy as sweet potatoes and pears but just as delicious.
Baked pineapple casserole is also super simple to make, as you only need six easy-to-find ingredients. While you can use fresh pineapple, canned is just as good and makes this recipe for pineapple cheese casserole come together even quicker.
Did you know there isn’t any butter in buttery Ritz Crackers, I’m not sure I want to know why they taste so good. You’ll make up for it in this recipe because melted butter gets poured over the casserole before baking. I’ll get my butter in one way or another!
Looking for other pineapple recipes?
- You can make juicy Pineapple Burgers in a skillet when it’s too cold to grill.
- Spicy-sweet Pineapple Salsa Pork is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
- Honey Lime Fruit Salad is an effortless yet delicious dish for a potluck.
- Easy Hawaiian Rolls are a great addition to any meal.
Why you’ll love it
- Crushed Ritz crackers add a buttery crunch
- It only uses six ingredients
- Easy instructions and irresistible flavors
- The perfect blend of sweet and savory
- A great side for any meal
Pineapple Casserole Recipe Ingredients
Pineapple – you can use fresh or canned pineapple. I recommend chunks or pineapple tidbits instead of crushed pineapple. Crushed will be too juicy. You will need drained pineapple chunks. You can save the pineapple juice and make Hawaiian cinnamon rolls. If using fresh, learn an easy way to core pineapple.
Cheese – sharp cheddar is my go-to for this recipe but you could use a milder cheddar or even white cheddar.
Butter – melt it in the microwave and drizzle over the top before baking.
Ritz crackers – for salty flavor and crunchy texture, you could substitute cheese crackers or even panko crumbs.
Pantry staples – white sugar and all purpose flour
How to make Pineapple Casserole
If using fresh pineapple, chop it into 1-inch pieces. If using canned pineapple chunks, you’ll need two 8 ounce cans. Drain and reserve juice for another use, like Hawaiian dinner rolls.
Place the drained pineapple in the bottom of an 8×8 greased casserole dish. You can use cooking spray for easier clean-up.
Stir the sugar, flour and cheese together in a medium bowl. Sprinkle filling on top of the pineapple.
For the cracker topping, crush the crackers and place the buttery cracker crumbs evenly over the top of the pineapple mixture. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the cracker crumbs.
Pro tip: Since Ritz crackers are flaky, they are easy to crush. Open the top of the sleeve and gently push straight down on the package. The more pressure you use, the smaller the pieces will get.
Bake the casserole until the crackers are golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 25 minutes.
Cover leftovers and store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days. To reheat, use the microwave or heat in the oven at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
Pineapple and Cheese Casserole Tips and Tricks
The easiest way to cut pineapple for Baked Pineapple Casserole
Begin by slicing off the top and bottom ends. Next, stand it on one of the flat ends and use a sharp knife to cut away the outer peel in sections. Slice down the middle to halve the pineapple, then halve again. Cut out the core at an angle.
Then chop the rest of the fruit into chunks. If there is a lot of liquid, you may want to put the pieces in a colander for 10 minutes to let the excess pineapple juice drain off.
Can you make pineapple casserole ahead of time?
Assemble the casserole through Step 4, then cover and refrigerate. When you’re ready to bake it, bring it to room temperature before adding the crushed crackers and melted butter.
What to serve with Pineapple Cheese Casserole
Whether you call it baked pineapple, scalloped pineapple or pineapple casserole, it goes with about anything. Try it with Thanksgiving turkey or grilled chicken, Christmas or holiday ham, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, steak marsala or slow cooker ribs. And since it takes almost no time to assemble, it’s the perfect quick add-on for any meal that needs more side dishes.
Storing Leftover Pineapple Cheese Casserole
To store this casserole, let it cool, cover and refrigerate or place in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for 3-5 days in the refrigerator but the topping will get soggy so reheat it in the oven to crisp it up.
How to reheat Pineapple Cheese
The best way to reheat this casserole is to let it come to room temperature and then place it in a 350º oven for about 10 minutes. This will crisp up the topping.
Pineapple Casserole with Cheese FAQs
What kind of cheese goes well with pineapple?
Aged cheddar is the perfect cheese for pairing with pineapple. Gruyere, Manchego or Parmesan would also be delicious on a cheese board but not in this recipe. Stick to cheddar.
What is the best way to freeze fresh pineapple?
If you have leftover pineapple chunks, place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the pieces to a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to six months.
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Baked Pineapple Casserole
- 2 cups Pineapple or two 8 oz cans, drained
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers crushed
- ½ cup butter melted
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Drain pineapple and place in the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish.
- Combine sugar, flour, and cheese and sprinkle on top of the pineapple.
- Crush crackers and place on top. Drizzle melted butter over he crumbs.
- Bake for 25 minutes until top is golden brown.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- You can use fresh or canned pineapple chunks, don’t use crushed, it will be too mushy.
- You can use sharp or mild cheddar cheese.
- You can use cheese crackers or panko crumbs instead of Ritz Crackers.