Southern Living
Updated Apr 10, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

We celebrate Easter with our finest china, starched tablecloths, gorgeous flower arrangements, and heirloom crystal glasses. So, it’s only natural that we bring out our most prized recipes to match our beautiful tablescapes. This spring holiday is one of our absolute favorites to appreciate the new life of spring and to spend time together as a family. Easter dinner wouldn’t be complete without this nostalgic Southern dish gracing the table. Made with chunks of juicy pineapple, crushed Ritz crackers, and shredded Cheddar cheese, Pineapple Casserole is a rich side dish recipe with an unlikely flavor combination. Although strangers may turn up their noses at the combination of pineapple and Cheddar cheese, we implore you to take a bite of this Easter side and be transported back to your Grandmama’s house on Easter weekend. We don’t need many variations on this iconic casserole, as there are few ways to make this Pineapple Casserole better than our six-ingredient recipe. Plus, if you need any other reason to try out this oh-so-Southern dish for Easter dinner, the recipe takes less than 40 minutes from start to finish.

Start your Pineapple Casserole by combining the sugar, flour, and pineapple juice in a medium bowl. This will create the thickened sauce for your casserole. Add in the pineapple chunks, and toss them thoroughly in the mixture. Spoon your pineapple into a casserole dish, and add a layer of shredded cheese. Next, you’ll want to make the crispy Ritz Cracker crust. Similar to the topping of Poppy Seed Chicken, this crisp coating gives your casserole a buttery, rich texture that makes it all the more worthwhile. Pop the dish into the oven until bubbly around the edges (about 30 minutes), and be sure to serve it up with a large spoon – guests will want seconds. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!