Are you looking for the perfect casserole recipe to complement your Easter ham? Well, look no further! Jeanette’s easy pineapple casserole recipe is just what you need. With a sweet and savory blend of pineapple, buttery Ritz crackers, and sharp cheddar cheese, this dish will have your taste buds dancing a jig.
Why This Pineapple Casserole Recipe Is A Must Try
When it comes to comfort food, nothing quite beats a casserole. These hearty dishes have been a staple in Southern cuisine for decades, and for good reason. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also easy to make and can feed a crowd. And when you add a touch of sweetness to a savory casserole, like Jeanette’s simple pineapple casserole recipe, the result is pure magic.
Sweet and savory casseroles have been a go-to dish for potlucks and family gatherings for years. From classic pineapple casseroles to sweet potato casseroles, these dishes are the perfect blend of flavors. The sweetness of the fruit or vegetable pairs perfectly with the savory notes of the cheese, butter, and spices. And let’s not forget the crunchy topping, which adds the perfect texture to the dish.
What’s great about sweet and savory casseroles is that they’re versatile. They can be served as a side dish or as a main course, and they’re perfect for any time of the year. Whether you’re looking for a comforting winter dish or a summertime barbecue staple, sweet and savory casseroles have got you covered. Now that you know how delicious it’s going to be, let’s learn how to make it!
Health Benefits of Pineapple
This versatile fruit is not only packed with vitamins and antioxidants but contains helpful digestive and disease-fighting aids.
Here are just a few of the health benefits of pineapple:
- High in nutrients: Though they contain nutrients like B6, copper, and thiamin, pineapples are rich in vitamin C and manganese. Vitamin C is a known immune system booster, while manganese amps your metabolism and aids growth.
- Rich in antioxidants: Pineapples are rich in antioxidants that can reduce the risk of some cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Contains digestive enzymes: This tropical fruit is high in bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps break down food particles into protein molecules for easy absorption. This enzyme can also help ease inflammation, making it helpful in easing the pain of arthritis and surgical recoveries.
Jeanette’s Pineapple Casserole Recipe
- 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks or tidbits in juice
- 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups Ritz cracker crumbles, divided
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly spray a shallow 1-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
- Drain the pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice. If there isn’t enough juice, don’t fret, just add a splash of OJ or water to make up the difference.
- In a bowl, combine the reserved juice and flour until smooth. Add the sugar, drained pineapple, and cheese, and stir until everything is combined. Gently stir in 1/2 cup of the cracker crumbles, then spoon the mixture into the baking dish.
- Stir the remaining cup of cracker crumbles with the melted butter and spread it evenly over the pineapple mixture.
- Pop your casserole into the oven and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crackers are starting to brown. Serve immediately.
And here’s a little tip for you – this recipe is very easy to double! Just use a larger baking dish and cook for 5-10 minutes longer. So why not whip up a big batch and share it with your family and friends? They’ll be begging you for the recipe in no time. And if you enjoy this recipe remember, we have lots of other great recipes like our raspberry cheesecake brownies and chocolate truffle cookies. And if you’re having any issues with your oven big or small, you know Moore Appliance is here for any appliance service and repair needs!