Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Something a little different

Baked Pineapple
Southern Living 2005 Annual Recipes Copyright 2005

2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple chunks in heavy syrup
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ (8-ounce) block Cheddar cheese, shredded
38 round buttery crackers, crushed (1 sleeve)
¼ cup butter, melted

Drain pineapple chunks, reserving ½ cup syrup.

Sprinkle flour over pineapple chunks in a medium bowl, and toss to combine. Spread pineapple mixture evenly into a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish. Drizzle with reserved ½ cup syrup. Top with cheese and cracker crumbs; drizzle with butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

This recipe has been around for quite a while but I'm just now getting around to trying it. I halved the recipe since I knew only my husband and I would be eating it. It was good but hey - cheese, Ritz and butter - what wouldn't taste good underneath that combination?

I was confused about the cheese.

"½ (8-ounce) block Cheddar cheese, shredded"

Is that half of an 8-ounce block or half of a 16-ounce block? I used about 1/4 of an 8-ounce block of cheese (for the halved recipe). That seemed like enough.

There are many variations of this recipe out there. Paula Deen's version uses 1 cup of sugar, 2 cups of cheese and an entire stick of butter. This version did not induce as much guilt as her's would and we enjoyed it.

Question of the Day: Do you like pineapple? I love pineapple, especially fresh, ripe, sweet pineapple.


Sara said...

I LOVE pineapple. My favorite fruit. I don't know if pineapple and cheese appeals to me.

Chef Aimee said...

Oh wow! I have GOT to make this with ham. Delicious! :) I love pineapple, pineapple juice, pineapple candy, pineapple anything!

Jeanette said...

I love pineapple. Fresh, dried, canned....just love pineapple.

Anonymous said...

I have made this from a different recipe and it is very good. I like it with ham. Even though pineapple isn't something I'm crazy about I do like this dish...oh, and pineapple upside down cake, which, by the way, I'll be making tomorrow for my daughter's birthday. (Her request) and she wants coconut added to the topping. Sounds good to me!


Nicole M. said...

My husband's aunt made this for us when we visited her back in October. I was surprised at how good it tasted, but I think I agree with you that pretty much anything would taste good under cheese, ritz and butter!

Lisa said...

Absolutely LOVE it! Never had a dish like this before, sounds good though. I've nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Thanks for doing what you do.


Unknown said...

I do like pineapple. IN fact, this recipe (though I think the one I've used is the Paula Dean one MINUS the stick of butter!). I should try this one...lots less sugar is better since the pineapple already has so much to start with. MMMMM!!!

Unknown said...

Again... thanks for sharing this recipe with us! I should definitely try it. Working for the best custom writing service, I have no time to cook!