This pineapple cheese casserole with Ritz cracker topping might just be the next big hit at your next holiday eat-together! It's a sweet and savory side dish that boasts a little crispy and salty flair with yummy glorious cheese! There's something so satisfying about eating a heaping helping of hot pineapple casserole!
In case your didn't know, pineapple and cheese make an unexpectedly delightful combo! I didn't even realize this until recently. The sweetness of the pineapple mixed with tangy cheddar cheese and buttery salty cracker topping makes your taste buds go wild (honestly, it's hard to stop eating it!).
Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to prepare. With only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes bake time, the simplicity of this recipe means you can whip it up quickly, freeing you to focus on other holiday preparations. And oh, have I mentioned how delicious this casserole is?
Ingredients You'll Need
Pineapple Cheese Casserole has only 6 ingredients!
Pineapple Chunks - canned pineapple chunks are the main ingredient. They provide a burst of tropical sweetness, infusing the casserole with a fruity flavor that really stands out.
Shredded Cheese - cheese adds creaminess and a rich, savory depth to the dish, perfectly complementing the pineapple's sweetness.
Flour and Sugar - these ingredients form a sweet and slightly thickened sauce that coats the pineapple and cheese, enhancing the overall texture and taste.
Butter - you'll melt the butter and pour it over the Ritz cracker crumbs for that signature crispy buttery topping!
Ingredients Substitutions and Additions
- Instead of pineapple chunks, some people prefer the tidbits.
- Swap the cheddar for Monterey Jack cheese or try using brown sugar for a different flavor profile.
- Replace the Ritz crackers with bread crumbs and voila, you have Scalloped Pineapple!
- For added texture and flavor, consider tossing in some toasted pecans or shredded coconut.
Other Spices You Can Add
Even though this casserole is delicious as it, there are a few spices people like to add:
- A little ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves provide a warm and rustic taste.
- Crushed red pepper flakes for those who prefer a little kick.
- Vanilla extract to enhance the overall sweetness and flavor.
How to Make Pineapple Casserole
Step 1 - In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and pineapple juice.
Step 2 - Fold in the cheese and pineapple chunks.
Step 3 - Spread the pineapple mixture into a pie plate.
Step 4 - Sprinkle with crushed Ritz crackers then spoon melted butter all over the crackers.
Step 5 - Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
Tips for Success
To ensure your pineapple cheese casserole turns out perfect every time, remember to drain the canned pineapple chunks well to avoid excess moisture. Additionally, don't overbake the casserole to prevent the cheese from becoming too crispy; aim for a golden brown top with a creamy interior.
How to Crush Ritz Crackers
While there are many ways to crush them, I like to use my fingers to crush them while they're still in the sleeve. I just run my fingers up and down the sleeve of crackers until they're crushed. Nice and easy, right! But there are a few more ways others like to crush them:
Rolling Pin - Place the Ritz crackers in a large resealable plastic bag or between sheets of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to gently crush them by rolling back and forth until you reach the desired consistency. This method allows you to control the texture, from coarse crumbs to finer crumbs.
Mallet or Meat Tenderizer - Similar to the rolling pin method, you can use a mallet or meat tenderizer to crush Ritz crackers in a plastic bag or between parchment paper. This is particularly effective for achieving a uniform texture.
Food Processor - This is the quickest and most efficient way to crush Ritz crackers into fine crumbs. Simply place the crackers in the food processor or blender and pulse until you achieve the desired texture. Be careful not to over-process, as you don't want to turn them into powder.
What to Serve With It
Pineapple cheese casserole pairs wonderfully with a variety of holiday dishes. Serve it alongside honey glazed ham, Cajun-spiced turkey breast, or even roasted autumn vegetables for a balanced and festive meal. Its sweet and savory notes also make it a great complement to traditional holiday sides like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
To store leftovers, simply cover the casserole dish with foil or transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. When reheating, pop it in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave individual portions for a quick and satisfying snack.
Questions You May Have
While fresh pineapple can be used, canned pineapple is often preferred for its consistent sweetness and convenience.
Absolutely! You can assemble the casserole a day ahead, refrigerate it, and bake it when ready to serve.
I prefer to use a standard size pie plate, but you can also use a 9-inch square or 1-½ quart baking dish.
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Pineapple Cheese Casserole
- pie plate I prefer to use a pie plate but you can also use a 9-inch square or 1-½ quart baking dish.
- measuring cup(s)
- measuring spoons
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoon flour
- 20 oz canned pineapple chunks in juice (reserve juice)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded shred your own for best flavor and texture
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs about 20 crackers
- For the best results, please read over the instructions before you begin the recipe.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a standard size pie plate with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar and flour. Stir in 3 tablespoons of reserved juice until smooth.
- Fold in cheese and pineapple chunks. Blend well.
- Spread the pineapple mixture evenly into the pie plate.
- Sprinkle the crushed crackers over the pineapple mixture. Spoon melted butter all over the crushed crackers.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crackers are browned and crispy.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy to my readers. I'm not a nutritionist and I don't guarantee the accuracy of this data. The data may differ according to the brands I used versus the brands you use. To calculate the data yourself using your brands, try using an online nutrition calculator or app.