It’s Just Not Easter Without Pineapple Casserole

Are you baking one this year?

Pineapple casserole is a quintessential Southern dish, and at Easter, you’ll always find it in the lunch spread, on the table between the sliced ham and buttery cornbread, with a serving spoon at the ready. The pineapple is a symbol for hospitality, so what better way to welcome guests?

My family’s Pineapple Casserole is the stuff of legend. At any potluck get-together, there are sure to be four or five 9x13 dishes of Pineapple Casserole. They’re all a little different, but they’re guaranteed to be creamy and bubbly, a perfect mix of pineapple and cheese. For Southerners, this dish is usually so popular that leftovers are hard to come by. One place that you’re sure to find Pineapple Casserole is at Easter lunch.

Easter lunch is a production. We unpack the fancy dishes, iron the good linens, and dust off the dainty glasses that have been hibernating in the cabinets since Christmas. A beautiful table calls for delicious Easter dishes too—and none are as beloved as Pineapple Casserole. It’s one of the most Southern side dishes you can make for Easter.

Some say Pineapple Casserole is retro, some say it’s just as fresh now as it was when we ate it as kids. Our editors make Pineapple Casserole with quite a few variations, but none are quite as beloved as this family recipe. This classic Pineapple Casserole recipe calls for just six ingredients—including pineapple chunks, Cheddar cheese, sugar, flour, butter and Ritz crackers—most of which you probably already have on hand. With just a few steps in the kitchen, you’ll find that this Easter side is oh-so easy to whip up for your lunch spread.

The intriguing ingredients list might ward off anyone who hasn’t tried the dish before. We’ve had more than one incredulous guest inspect their plate, saying “Pineapple and Cheddar cheese…really?” Yes, really. A delicious brand of Southern kitchen alchemy happens when these ingredients combine. For those in the know, Pineapple Casserole simply can’t be beat. One bite is all you need to fall for this dish.

Our tips for best-ever Pineapple Casserole are few and far between, because it’s hard to mess up this simple recipe. We do recommend using pineapple chunks packed in juice, not syrup, though. And to lighten the recipe, you can use reduced-fat cheese and cracker options. No matter the variation, it’s sure to be the hit of Easter lunch. (You may want to make two batches.)

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What are you making for Easter lunch? We’ll be baking up classic dishes and trying our hands at a few new ones too!

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