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Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole is the ultimate sweet and savory casserole. Both crushed pineapple and pineapple chunks are combined with sugar, cheddar cheese, and a buttery and crispy Ritz cracker topping. It makes a great holiday casserole!

Pineapple Casserole

Your tastebuds won’t quite be able to figure out what you’re eating with this one. Pineapple Casserole is the side dish that tastes like dessert. It goes really well with ham or fried chicken, but after one bite of this Pineapple Casserole, you may want to ditch the ham or chicken and just dig into the casserole dish with a giant spoon. The ingredients may seem a little incongruent, but they totally work together.

Pineapple Casserole is both sweet and savory


Pineapple Casserole is both sweet and savory. On the sweet side are the pineapples themselves and a heaping cup of added sugar. Yes, you will be getting a sugar rush. On the savory side are cheddar cheese and Ritz Cracker crumbs doused in butter. And no, you do not want to get your cholesterol checked the day after eating this.

Pineapple Casserole is a classic southern dish, but even in the south, you don’t see it much anymore. I had all but forgotten about it until I had some at Erin’s Restaurant in Rock Hill. It made me want more.

Pineapple Casserole with a butter cracker topping

Then my husband puchased about 12 cans of pineapple last month when we hosted the annual Crawfish Boil for Charlotte area Tulane Alum because it was a windy day and he needed something to hold the newspapers down on the tables. I’m not sure what exactly possessed him to buy pineapples out of all the canned good options at the market, but to me they had Pineapple Casserole written all over them.

I still have a few cans of pineapple left so don’t be surprised if you see Hawaiian Pizza appearing on the blog soon.

Note: Pineapple Casserole is best eaten warm from the oven.

Pineapple Casserole

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Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 3 (8-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapples
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Butter or spray and 9×11-inch baking dish (0r similar sized) with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and cheese. The flour will coat the cheese and help keep it from clumping together.
  • Add all of the pineapple to the bowl and mix well. Pour pineapple mixture into prepared dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Spread evenly on top of casserole. Bake for 30 minutes.
Course: Side Dish

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23 thoughts on “Pineapple Casserole”

  1. I love pineapple so saved this recipe to try and it was surprisedly very delicious for how easy it is to make. I used a substitute sugar in place of real sugar, and it turned out well. So happy I saw this recipe.

  2. Loved it!! I had forgotten about this old Southern favorite until I saw this post. Making it again for Thanksgiving!!

    1. A box of saltine type crackers usually is divided into 4 waxed paper
      “sleeves” of crackers in stacks.

  3. My husband found this recipe a few years ago and I was in disbelief that it would be any good. Wow! It was amazing. I have one in oven right now for our Xmas dinner tonight.

  4. Made last year for thanksgiving, and my brother wants me to make it again this year, he said he loved it!
    It was very good.

  5. I also added chicken in this recipe and cut the sugar in half! Too sweet for me. It’s a hit and you can add other ingredients too. Very simple

  6. I have made this fabulous recipe several times since I found it on your site. We love it. I made it on Easter 2019 and sent some to my neighbor. He sent me a text saying that it made him feel like an astronaut. It was out of this world!!! Lol lol lol
    He also said he had never eaten anything quite like it. He loved it.
    It is one of my new favorites. It is a keeper!!!

  7. I made this for thanksgiving this year and it was a hit! My mother-in-law said that it was going to be her new pot luck go to!! 🤗

    I prepped it the day before and kept it in the refrigerator over night until it needed to be cooked on thanksgiving.

    It turned out a little dry, so if you are going to prep it ahead of time before baking it, I suggest using a little bit more liquid than just from the crushed pineapple.

    I also mixed tidbits with chunks for smaller pieces of pineapple and it worked out great! I will use 3 8oz cans of tidbits with only 2 being drained next time I make this!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. Emily Swatt

    Had this at an office party years ago every since that time I’ve loved the dish. Came back to the recipe to confirm ingredients, unfortunately I haven’t made this in a few years, but it will definitely be on the table for Christmas.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Love this casserole for Christmas! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. David Somers

    We tried the chicken cordon bleu casserole recipe and although it cooked up nice we felt it could have use a little help from spices as it was bland. Maybe a carribean flare or Mexican , Something not sure what but it could use a little help. Thanks for the recipe ,it was easy to follow and cooked up quickly after the rice was done. We will make it again but with a little flair next time. Thanks again, Dave & Diane Somers

  10. Dianne Johnson

    The family would be in revolt if this wasn’t on the table for the holidays!!! Really good stuff!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Isn’t it one of the most awesome casseroles ever? I love the unique mix of sweet and savory in it. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

  11. amanda @ fake ginger

    I was thinking about this casserole the other day! I’ve never had it but it seems like everyone I know raves about it. I must try it soon!

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