Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baked Pineapple Casserole

This northern girl loves this southern dish!



I have to admit, I had never heard of Baked Pineapple Casserole until we moved south, and I literally had to be "talked into" trying it.  Well, what was I thinking?  Wow!  This really is good, in fact, it's better than good!  It's fantastic!
I have to tell you, right up front, that this is a Paula Deen recipe, so if you're counting calories, you may want to skip it.  But, I hope you don't!  Just be sure you have a crowd, or you'll eat it all yourself!  


The holidays are coming soon, so plan on surprising your family with this special dish.  I like to add a new recipe to those special meals every year.  Some stick, others don't, but it's so much fun to try something new on the family.  This one is a keeper...the vote was unanimous!

This is a savory side dish that has such a wonderfully pleasant taste and it goes well with any main dish – ham, beef, or poultry.  I kid you not, this recipe is what delicious is all about!


Ingredients: 

1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups grated sharp cheddar
2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple tidbits, crushed or chunks, (drain and reserve juice)

1 cup cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz or Townhouse)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted

6 Tbsp. reserved pineapple juice
A sprinkle of cinnamon (if desired)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350'F. degrees F.  Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter. 

In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks, and stir until ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. (I spray it with Pam)
 
In another medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and reserved pineapple juice and cinnamon, stirring with a rubber spatula until evenly blended (should be a little wet & crumbly.)  Spread over the top of pineapple mixture. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.   Serve hot out of the oven.  Oh Yummm!

Now aren't you glad you tried it?


It's not how hard you fall, it's how you get back up.
"A righteous man falls seven times, and gets back up again."  -Proverbs 24:16



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