Elevated pineapple casserole

Published Nov 17, 2021 10:00 a.m. ET
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This dessert casserole is perfect for holidays and family functions when you’ve got a whole lot of mouths to feed and the desire to keep dishes to a minimum, or the recipe can be reduced for a fast and easy personal-sized elevated treat for one or two. It’s sweet, tangy, with a citrus burst that will make your mouth water while satisfying even the most intense sweet tooth. When you don’t want chocolate, it’s an excellent uplifting change that’s addictive and delicious.

What is it?

Pineapple casserole consists of more than the tropical fruit, as its base is a dense, decadent, light, and salty, almost cake-like layer that’s softened by the juicy bits and topped with a slight crunch. It’s a party in your mouth with a unique texture that is impossible to beat, which is what makes this dessert so incredibly unique.

Pineapple casserole recipe

You can use fresh or canned pineapple for this recipe. Just remember that prepared fruit is always sweeter, so if you do opt for fresh instead, then you might need to add a couple of extra teaspoons of sugar to take the edge off the bite and make up the difference.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Calories: 276

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 small box of Ritz crackers
  • 2 40oz cans pineapple chunks (drain the juice and save 6 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • ¼ cup cannabutter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Tools

  • Mixing spoon
  • Medium bowls
  • Casserole dish
  • Potato masher
  • Silicone spatula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the reserved pineapple juice, flour and sugar and mix until smooth.

  3. Dump the pineapple chunks into the mix and stir them in well.

  4. Scoop all of the fruity mixtures into a casserole dish, and then bang it on a counter several times to remove any possible air pockets.

  5. Spread the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the mixture that’s already in the casserole dish.

  6. In a clean mixing bowl, combine the ritz crackers with the cannabutter using a potato masher until the ingredients form a paste, but there are still plenty of larger pieces of cracker as they are necessary for the added crunch.

  7. Use a silicone spatula to spread the thick cracker mixture over top of the cheddar cheese layer.

  8. Bake the pineapple casserole in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the whole thing is melted and bubbling.

  9. Remove the casserole from the oven, and then let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Cut the dessert casserole into 6 individual portions and enjoy!

Serving/storage

Pineapple casserole is always best served fresh from the oven, but it’s also delicious the next day, so if you’ve got leftovers, or need to make a dessert the night before a function, then you’ll want to wrap it in plastic and put the whole thing in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. To reheat, simply pop it back in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, and no one will ever know the difference.

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