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There are certain recipes my family has come to expect at least once a year. Usually a holiday gathering is involved such as one of the big three; Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. My family has also learned that if Ham is on the table, it will be next to the Hot Pineapple Casserole. I’m not saying I’m proud of this recipes’ nutritional scores, but I am saying everybody loves it.
I checked Tasty Kitchen to see if anybody had posted this or a similar recipe. There are no less than 6 posts for the very same casserole. Who would have thought hot pineapple, cheddar cheese and Ritz crackers could be so popular? I often associate pineapple with cold salads, salsa and desserts. But if you think about it, pineapple if often found in warm dishes such as Sweet & Sour, Hawaiian Pizza (recipe coming soon on SRFD), baked ham, and warm from the oven pineapple upside down cake. Pineapple is such a versatile fruit, what’s not to love!
To be sure you have enough side dishes for your Easter Ham dinner this weekend, I’m posting this family favorite. Now everyone in my family, my children, nieces, sister-in-laws, brothers, sister, cousins, uncles, and aunts, will be able to find this recipe just like Mom used to make. “Hey Tricia, do you have your Mom’s old recipe for Hot Pineapple Casserole?” “Yup, it’s on the blog!”
I recently sent out a family email asking if anybody had Mom’s old Tutti Frutti Ice Cream recipe. I received two email responses requesting her Red Velvet Cake recipe. Yup, it’s on the blog too. No Tutti Frutti recipe for me however.
I think I need to work on a recipe index! I also want printable recipe functionality! Hello Blogger! Are you listening? Printable recipes! Gheez, I got way off – let’s make a casserole!
You’ll need flour, sugar, pineapple chunks (in unsweetened juice) butter, Ritz Crackers and cheddar cheese.
Crust 1/2 a sleeve of Ritz Crackers with a rolling pin or a food processor. Make sure they are finely chopped / crushed.
Grate the fresh cheddar cheese.
And mix together the flour, sugar and grated cheese.
Stir until combined.
Drain pineapple and place in a small casserole dish sprayed with PAM. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese mixture on top.
Spread the crushed Ritz crackers evenly over the cheese and pineapple. Drizzle with melted butter.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Very tasty and almost like a dessert. Goes great with Ham and all the other fixins!
Easy and delicious. People will love it!
Hot Pineapple Casserole
1 large can chunk pineapple (drained)
Place pineapple in a flat dish and mix together:
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cups grated cheese
Pour over pineapple.
Crush 1/2 sleeve Ritz Crackers and pour over top.
Drizzle 1/2 stick butter on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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