This pineapple casserole recipe is so easy and delicious you’ll be making it again and again! Tender, juicy pineapple pairs perfectly with the creamy casserole base for a delicious side dish. It’s easy to transport, which makes it the perfect dish for a potluck or family gathering, and it is always a real hit with everyone.
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Why you’ll love this pineapple cheese casserole recipe
- The perfect side dish for Easter, Thanksgiving, and potlucks!
- This casserole dish will also double up as a dessert!
- You can make it ahead, giving you more time to enjoy the big day.
- It’s a real crowd-pleaser; both young and old alike love it!
- All the ingredients are 100% vegetarian.
Ingredients you’ll need
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photograph below for this pineapple bake.
Sweet pineapple with buttery crushed Ritz crackers giving a satisfying crunch makes this casserole one of our family favorites!
How to make pineapple casserole with Ritz crackers with step-by-step instructions
Making our easy pineapple casserole recipe is easy if you follow our simple instructions.
A full printable recipe and the measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the recipe card below.
Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C.
Completely drain your cans, pineapple chunks, and pineapple tidbits, and save ¼ cup of the pineapple juice.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, pineapple chunks, pineapple tidbits, the reserved pineapple juice, and shredded cheddar cheese,
Then transfer the pineapple mixture to your prepared casserole dish, ensuring it covers the dish in an even layer.
In a medium bowl, add Ritz crackers, crush them up, and pour melted butter; stir to coat the cracker crumbs with butter fully.
Sprinkle the buttery crackers over the top of your pineapple mixture and cook until the top is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly, approximately 30 – 35 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve immediately – enjoy!
Recipe notes and expert tips
- Casserole dish
Grease your casserole dish before placing the pineapple mixture in it, making it easier to clean afterward.
Sharp cheddar cheese is best, and don’t buy shredded cheese, as it’s always better to shred it yourself at home.
- Go vegan
Use vegan cheese and butter for a vegan pineapple casserole.
- Canned pineapple
Canned pineapple works much better than fresh pineapple; it’s sweeter and sits in its own juice.
Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can you make pineapple casserole ahead of time?
Yes, you can make it the day before.
Just follow the recipe up until the point of making the Ritz butter crackers, cover, and store them in the fridge.
Then the following day, make the cracker crumbs and bake.
Yes, it’s possible to freeze pineapple casserole for up to 3 months. However, we recommend freezing it without the cracker crumbs topping, as when it defrosts, it will become soggy.
Canned pineapple chunks or crushed pineapple works best for this southern pineapple casserole recipe, it’s much sweeter than fresh pineapple and comes in its own juice, which you’ll also need.
How to store leftovers
Store leftover baked pineapple with Ritz crackers, covered in the fridge for up to 3 days, the crackers won’t be as crispy as freshly cooked.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and reheat at 350°F/180°C for 10 – 15 minutes.
More easy casserole recipes for you to try at home
If you love our baked pineapple casserole, why not try these easy recipes?
- Broccoli Casserole
- Corn Casserole
- Hashbrown Casserole
- Potato Casserole
- Squash Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
Pineapple Casserole Recipe
- 16 oz Pineapple canned chunks drained reserve 1/4 cup juice
- 16 oz Pineapple canned tidbits drained
- 5 tbsp All purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups Cheddar cheese shredded
- 32 Ritz crackers crushed
- ½ cup Butter melted
- Pre heat your oven to 350°F/180°C.
- Completely drain the pineapple chunks and tidbits and save ¼ cup of the juice.16 oz Pineapple canned chunks, 16 oz Pineapple canned tidbits
- In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, pineapple chunks, pineapple tidbits, reserved pineapple juice and cheese. Now add the pineapple mixture to your prepared casserole dish.5 tbsp All purpose flour, 1/2 cup Granulated sugar, 1 ½ cups Cheddar cheese
- In a smaller bowl add the crushed Ritz crackers and pour in the melted butter. Now sprinkle the Ritz cracker crumbs over the top of your pineapple mixture.32 Ritz crackers, ½ cup Butter
- Cook until the top is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly approximately 30- 35 minutes. Serve immediately. Bon Appétit!
Grease your casserole dish before placing the pineapple mixture in it, it will make it easier to clean afterward. Cheese
Sharp cheddar cheese is best and don’t buy shredded cheese as it’s always better to shred it yourself at home. Canned pineapple
Canned pineapple works much better than fresh pineapple, it’s sweeter and sits in its own juice. Storage
Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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