You'll love this light and airy easy Pineapple Casserole recipe! It's a little bit of everything-sweet, savory with a bit of crunch! It goes great as a side dish with spiral ham, turkey or savory barbecue!
Pineapple Casserole is a vintage southern recipe that you'll usually find served as an Easter and Thanksgiving because it pairs beautifully with a spiral ham and turkey! You'll usually find alongside Southern Cornbread Dressing, English Pea Salad and Homemade Mac n Cheese.
Ham and pineapple go together like "peas and carrots" so you won't want to miss this combination!
The sweetness of the pineapple contrasts with the saltiness of the meat resulting in a flavor-match made in heaven!
I first had this at Thanksgiving one year when my dear friend brought this --it was delicious!
She brought it slightly warm, and when I removed the foil from her serving dish, I was amazed at how beautiful and scrumptious it looked!
Why you'll love this recipe!
- Quick and easy - takes 5-minutes to put this recipe together!
- Simple ingredients- nothing fancy; eggs, bread, sharp cheddar cheese, pineapple, butter
- Versatile - serve as a side with Easter of Thanksgiving dinner or as a dessert!
There are many variations of this recipe: some use buttery Ritz crackers, while others use saltine crackers. I like the texture of this easy bread recipe.
What you need to make it
The ingredients are simple: bread, (any kind, but I use plain old white bread), butter, eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, crushed pineapple,and sugar. The bread does not need to be stale.
How to make it
Pineapple Casserole takes no time to prepare! Get the butter out of the fridge and let it soften to room temperature. Next, lightly butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350°F.
Tear or cut bread into ½" cubes; drain the pineapple
Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. By the way, to "cream together" means mash the butter into the eggs and sugar and mix it all up:)
Add bread, drained crushed (or diced) pineapple and shredded cheddar cheese; mix it all together and put it a lightly greased baking dish; cover with foil and bake
In about 50-minutes, the pineapple casserole is done. If you want a crispy brown topping, pop it under the broiler for 3 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
You can serve this yummy side hot or warm..oh heck... you can even serve it as dessert!
- Drain the crushed pineapple well; use crushed or diced pineapple chunks--your call
- Don't forget to butter the baking dish
- Tear or cut bread into ½-inch cubes; include the crust
- This recipe works best when baked in a 9 x 13" casserole dish because, a little goes a long way and...everybody wants a bite of the crunchy top. When you put it in a deeper dish, the crunchy topping doesn't go as far.
- Bake covered for 50-minutes; if you want to brown the top, pop it under the broiler for a few minutes
- Let the pineapple cheese casserole rest a few minutes before serving
- You can safely leave the casserole out at room temperature for up to 2 hours; since it contains eggs, it is not advised to leave it out longer than this or in the heat
What size baking dish to use
This recipe works best in a 9 x 13" glass dish, however, I've made it in two 9"inch pie plates and also in an 8 x 3½ round casserole dish.
The 9 x 13" works best for serving a large group-the batter fills the rectangular pan up about half-way, so that allows each person to get a scoop of the crunchy top and warm filling.
Make ahead instructions
Make and bake the pineapple cheese casserole ahead of time. Refrigerate up to three days or freeze up to one week. If reheating from the freezer, allow to come to room temperature before reheating.
If you want a crusty brown top, pop the casserole under the broiler for a few minutes after you've baked it.
Reheating and storage:
Reheat the entire casserole covered at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes (until center is warm.) Store leftovers in fridge for up to three days.
Who invented the Southern pineapple casserole?
Nobody really knows who invented this sweet Southern Pineapple Casserole recipe. Perhaps by the Dole™ pineapple company?
I can only imagine Pineapple casserole was developed out of love and compassion, perhaps originally as a "funeral" dish or perhaps a welcoming dessert. Afterall, the pineapple is a symbol of Southern hospitality.
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- 40 ounces Crushed Pineapple , drained
- 1 stick Butter , unsalted; room temperature
- 4 whole Eggs , large
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese , shredded
- 2 cups Sugar , granulated
- 4 cups Bread ,torn into ½" pieces; See Recipe Notes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lightly oil baking dish with a little butter; set aside
- In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar and eggs and cream together until well blended1 stick Butter, 2 cups Sugar, 4 whole Eggs
- Add torn bread, pineapple and cheese to butter mixture40 ounces Crushed Pineapple, 4 cups Bread, 2 cups Cheddar cheese
- Pour mixture into lightly greased baking dish
- Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes @ 350ºF
- Remove and let rest for 15 minutes before serving (See Recipe Notes for Crunchy Topping)
- Use plain white bread; I include the crust, but you don't have to (this is about 8 slices of normal white bread)
- The bread doesn't have to be stale
- Press the bread gently into the measuring cup