Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pineapple Casserole

This may seem an unlikely casserole, but it does pair well with ham and would make a nice hot side dish for your Easter dinner.  It tastes almost like a pineapple crisp so you can enjoy it as a dessert too. Either way it's a winner!

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons lemon gelatin powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (540 ml / 19 oz) can pineapple tidbits
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated..or use a blend of your choice
  • 52 ritz crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice
  1. Drain pineapple tidbits and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup juice for the topping. (you can keep the remaining juice to use as part of the water)
  2. In a saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and gelatin powder till well combined, add water (I had 1/2 cup of remaining juice so I used that with 1/2 cup water) and mix until smooth.
  3. Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil, whisking continuously until mixture thickens, remove from heat.
  4. Stir in drained pineapple chunks, set aside to cool.
  5. For the topping, mix crushed ritz crackers, 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice and melted butter until crumbly. The crumbles will be quite moist.
  6. Add grated cheese to the pineapple mixture and pour into a 8x8" greased pan.
  7. Spread topping over pineapple mixture.
  8. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
  9. Serve warm as a side dish with your Easter ham or eat as a dessert!


  1. Thanks for this recipe. My husband's grandma made a very similar recipe once and I've been wanting a recipe for it ever since.

  2. This would be wonderful to accompany the Easter ham for sure! Thanks for this recipe.

  3. Hmmmm...that does sound wonderful. Think I'd better get my menu shaped up. This looks as if it will be on the short list. Thank you!

  4. we love this @ our house...i usually make it for a side dish in the Summer during our Camp Meeting...good warm or cold ;)

  5. I've never seen a recipe or dish like this one, and it sounds delicious! Going on the "try this" list - thanks! :)

  6. This was great I made it this morning and will be having another for our Easter dinner with the family. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. My huband really enjoyed this as well.