It’s two days before Easter, and I’m just getting my Easter recipe to you all. I promise though that this is one you’ll want to last-minute-add to the menu for this years dinner. I’ll be completely honest with you all. My family is not overly religious. I completely respect religion and the importance it has for so many people, but I personally have not led a religion-driven lifestyle. That’s not to say that I don’t know the importance of Easter, or why it is celebrated. In my family, however, Easter’s most important meaning has always been that we dedicate the day to a good meal, good company, and we all make sure to put our busy lives and distractions aside to be together. It’s a day we all look forward to. But, mostly, I look forward to my mom’s pineapple casserole, which is what I’m bringing to you today. It’s literally Easter’s best side dish. Try it, ladies. I promise you won’t regret this sweet accompaniment to a beautiful dinner.
The ingredients are weird, which is why I spent a good 20 years of my life sticking my nose up to this side dish (and have highly regretted ever since). But grab these easy items and try it out!
2 cans of pineapple chunks (drained)
2/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons flour
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 roll of crushed Ritz crackers
1 stick melted butter or margarine
The first step is easy. Open can of pineapple. Pour in to baking dish. Repeat with the second can. Got that? Ok, move on to step 2.
I think you’ll all be able to handle step 2, as well. Combine sugar + flour in a separate bowl and then sprinkle over the pineapple.
You still with me?
Step 3 might be the hardest of them all. Measure out 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese and spread over the top. (Helpful hint: a regular sized bag of shredded cheese that you find at your grocery store typically already measures to 2 cups.)
Step 4 is fun. Grab a roll of ritz crackers and smash those things to small pieces and cover the cheese with cracker crumbles. I told you this was easy! Lastly, melt a stick of butter, and then pour the melted butter over the top.
All that’s left to do is bake this yumminess! Pop into the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It’s best served when it’s hot, so add this to the oven with the ham for the last 30 minutes, and it will be ready just in time.
It really is that easy! It takes all of 10 minutes to throw together, and doesn’t even take much time in the oven. I promise your family will not be disappointed if you show up with this side dish at Easter. It’s the perfect compliment to a baked ham and scalloped potatoes. That’s always what’s on our menu for Easter.
Once you’ve set the table for Easter (see my tablescape design tips here), and added Easters best side dish to the table – you’re ready! Good luck to anyone trying this! Let me know how yours came out!