Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pineapple Casserole - A Taste of Yellow

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I have a lot to say about this simple little dish.


It tastes awesome.


My sister gave me the recipe a few years ago and tried to convince me of that fact. But I couldn't wrap my head around the flavors of pineapple and cheese.


I don't know what my problem was. My sister is an awesome cook. She can put together flavors like an artist puts together colors.


Well sheeeeeit, she's a most excellent artist, seamstress and decorator as well. The girl is stacked with talent.


She takes after our mom.


Speaking of mom, this brings me to the other part of why today, of all days I chose to finally make the Pineapple Casserole.


I had a new visitor to my blog today so of course I had to take a peek to see what she's all about (good stuff cooking over at Jamies). Well, her post lead me to another blog....which lead to pineapple.


The other blog is Winos and Foodies. But....the key post was LiveStrong With A Taste of Yellow 2009.


In an effort to raise awareness of cancer issues, the foodies of the world are supporting the Lance Armstrong Foundation with their Taste of Yellow recipes.


Why me? Probably the same reason most others have chosen to do so.....in some form or another, cancer has touched my life.


My husbands mother did not survive her battle with cancer. I never had a chance to meet my mother in law.


My husbands grandmother passed away from cancer not that long after we got married. It was hard to see how quickly life changed for this vibrant woman....the core of the family.


My childhood friend....bestfriends through adulthood....my soul sister....fought for 6 years. I miss her terribly.


But thank God not all battles are lost. My own mother is still here. Years after her episode. She's even the "poster child" for the cancer facility that treated her. I love you mom!!


So...lets take a look at this Tasty Yellow dish (I swear...the pineapples are yellow!).


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1 20 oz can of pineapple chunks, drained
1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 to 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups ritz cracker crumbs
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted


Preheat your oven to 350'


I didn't have any ritz and I was too lazy to change out of my jammies in order to go to the store. So I used my Club crackers.


Grease a small casserole dish (about 11 x 7)


If you're paying attention to the pic below....these instructions begin at the top left corner and go clockwise...


Combine the pineapple, sugar, flour and cheese in a large bowl.
Pour into the casserole dish.
Top with cracker crumbs and drizzle the melted butter over the top.
Bake for about 30 minutes.


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Simple as that. The end.


And you know what? This shit is incredible!!


Let me introduce you to the new love of my life......


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25 comments:

  1. My sister has made this before and I loved it and I was just thinking that I needed to find a recipe for it to use up some ritz crackers that are about to pass their expiration date. You couldn't have posted this at a better time!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I see Pineapple Casserole in my future...hopefully next weekend.

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  3. Hey there Laby....so nice to see you again :) I'm glad that my post was a timely one

    oooh....Sheryl, you're gonna love it! its that sweet pineapple...and the cheesiness and then the buttery crunchy top....oh ya! Let me know how it comes out :)

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  4. Wow! This sounds and looks wonderful.I have to make this one soon.

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  5. OOO I am gonna HAVE to try this... I already love green apples and cheddar. This sounds awesome!!! And yes, I think cancer has touched just about everyone. I lost my Best Friend to cancer in '96.

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  6. Good food, great cause. I've never thought of this combo, but heck, I love pineapple on pizza so this has got to be good!

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  7. I wish I could taste this, because it does sound incredible, pineapple and cheese.
    Good cause, I've lost my mom to cancer, so I know what terrible experience that is.

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  8. you've definitely been heavily-impacted by the wretched disease known as cancer--i'm glad your mother won her battle!
    meanwhile, this is a great, unexpected recipe! i remember the first time i tasted it--i was hesitant because whoever thought to combine pineapple and cheddar cheese? it works, though!

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  9. Awesome...this sounds amazing! I've never heard of a pineapple casserole. Nice collage, too ;) Touching post, sista lush!

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  10. These are definitely two items I would not have thought of combining in a casserole. And yet I love cheese and pineapple chunks served together on toothpicks.
    Well worth a try.
    So good to see people get behind the various cancer foundations. Being a surviver of breast cancer for 21 years now, I really appreciate the work that goes on.

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  11. I definitely learned a lot about you from this post. It was nice (and of course sad) to read. I think you'd need to do a lot of convincing for me to try pineapple with cheese but if you didn't tell me what was in it I would definitely try it because it sure does look good!

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  12. Interesting--I would have never thought to pair pineapple with cheese but it certainly looks good. Very heartfelt post too--cancer has touched us all in some ways. Congrats to your Mom for being a cancer survivor.

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  13. oh this looks good i had the other day at a baby shower nice blog Rebecca, will come often

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  14. Erica - I hope you enjoy it when you make it. Keep me posted :)

    Shane - Apples and cheddar? thats a new one for me. Sorry about your friend :(

    Cathy - you're right! I never even thought of the pizza thing! I would've tried it long ago if I had

    Moni - try it as a side for ham or pork when you do

    Dajana - I wish you could too only cuz that would mean you'd be close enough for me to try your goodies...hee hee. so sorry about your mom. it's heart breaking

    Grace - who ever thought of this combo was brilliant.

    Heather - thanks for the bighugelab tip! LOVE IT!!! fellow lady lush

    Wanda - Congrats on 21 yrs! Thats awesome :) and thank you for the Blog of the Week over at only-cookware.com. :)

    Michele - I know huh, that combo just doesn't seem to "fit" and it took me several years to try it. But WOW! great stuff.

    Hi Deb - thank you :) And I'm surprised...I mean...pineapple is like an icon of Hawaii. I'd imagine you'd have had it every which way. LOL

    Hi Rebecca - I'm glad you stopped by! I look forward to seeing you again. I do enjoy your blog as well :)

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  15. I tried this the other day and it was better than the recipe my sister uses. I don't think she uses the crushed pineapple, only the chunks.

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  16. Yay for your Mum. I love to hear when people kick cancer in the butt. Interesting combination. I need to try it. Thank you fo ryour support of A Taste Of Yellow.

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  17. Laby - I'm so glad you liked it :)

    Barbara - it was my pleasure. I'm just thrilled that I came across Taste of Yellow.

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  18. This is such a neat recipe! I'm not used to seeing pineapple in a casserole, but it's a nice change from sweet potato. Reminds me of fall and summer.

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  19. Ok... I have to say that this sounds disgusting. But you have convinced me to try it none the less!!

    I'll check back in after making it!

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  20. Sophie - Thank you, and nice to meet you :). It really is a good casserole, different from the norm...sweet and yummy. It would be a great side for pork chops or ham.

    Spryte - LMAO!!! I know, right? Thats why it took me so long to even make it. I didn't have the heart to tell my sister that the idea grossed me out LOL. But turns out i love it!!

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  21. So creative would have never thought of anything like this going together. But I love unique and creative cooking making things that you wouldn't think of!

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  22. I made this 2 weeks ago, pineapple, cheese and crackers do not mix, directly in the trash. Don't waste your money.

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    1. I'm so sorry you didn't like it. It happens to be a popular southern dish served as a side with ham. I hope you come back and find another dish more to your liking. :)

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