Pineapple Au Gratin

Pineapple Au Gratin is a wonderful contrast in flavors – the natural sweetness of the pineapple with the tanginess of sharp Cheddar cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs give this dish a unique flavor profile. This dish is often found in attendance at church socials, pot-luck suppers and family gatherings in the South.

Pineapple Au Gratin is a delicious side dish that goes well with meat or poultry main dishes. It can be served warm or at room temperature. This particular version of this recipe is from Helene Ramsey, who was a Home Economics teacher in my hometown and later in life became a good friend of my mother’s – after they were both widows.

Mrs. Ramsey’s recipe for Pineapple Au Gratin was published in the Viewmont Baptist Church 60th Anniversary Cookbook that was published in 1995. If I had to give up all of my cookbooks except one – this is the one that I would choose to keep. The recipes are for foods familiar to me since childhood and the names of the many recipe contributors also evoke pleasant memories. Viewmont Baptist Church is the church I attended while I was growing up and it was special to me in my early life. By the way, my father’s Cornbread Dressing recipe is in this cookbook, and he was so proud to have his recipe included in it. I plan to share his recipe with you this fall, in anticipation of Thanksgiving turkey!

The Recipe

Pineapple Au Gratin
Serves 6
An excellent side dish containing pineapple chunks, Cheddar cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs.
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  1. 2 (20-ounce) cans Pineapple Chunks, drained
  2. 2/3 cup Sugar
  3. 6 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  4. 2 cups sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  5. 1 cup Ritz Cracker Crumbs
  6. 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  1. Mix together pineapple, sugar, flour and cheese.
  2. Place mixture in a greased 8-inch square baking pan or 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.
  3. Cover top with cracker crumbs.
  4. Drizzle with melted butter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-35 minutes, until lightly browned.
  1. This side dish goes well with meat or poultry main dishes.

The Methodology

Pineapple Au Gratin is quick and easy to prepare. First, the drained pineapple chunks are combined with sugar, flour, and grated Cheddar cheese and placed into a greased 8-inch square baking dish or 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

The top of the casserole is covered with Ritz cracker crumbs.

Melted butter is drizzled over the top of the Ritz crumbs.

Pineapple Au Gratin is baked at 350°F. for 25-35 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Parting Comments

Mrs. Ramsey’s recipe originally called for 1 cup sugar but I thought that was too sweet so I decreased the sugar to 2/3 cup.

I can’t help but think of my youngest brother who as a youngster picked up a menu at a restaurant and read out loud “Potatoes A U gratin” to which we all howled in laughter.  Whenever I see Au Gratin, I always chuckle remembering this family moment.

Tasty Tip: Remember the pineapple juice that was drained from the pineapple chunks in the above recipe? I like to use the leftover pineapple juice to sweeten my iced tea – it’s really good! 

Try Pineapple A U Gratin real soon! 

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Pineapple Au Gratin – A Southern Classic — 42 Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful! I have not ever had this, but the combo of pineapple & cheese must be quite tasty!! Pinned ? thank you for sharing this great recipe at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up.

  2. Hi Angela, Thanks for your comments – Pineapple Au Gratin is very popular in the South. Hope you have a chance to try it soon! Blessings, Janet

  3. Hi Mary, Hope you enjoy this recipe and thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great week & Happy Easter! Blessings, Janet

  4. Ah Janet – you’ve done it again!! You make me hungry!! This looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up!

  5. This looks so yummy and yes I have had a similiar recipe before and loved it
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  6. Hi Angie, Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by. I’ll check out your site as well. Blessings, Janet

  7. This looks delicious and reminds me of summer family reunions and church picnics. Thanks for sharing on Merry Mondays!!

  8. This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  9. Hi Kelly, I hope you get to try this recipe sometime! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you Sunday! Happy Easter! Blessings, Janet

  10. What can I say my dear, I love this recipe because it has pineapple in it. Thanks for sharing this one at dream create and inspire… stop by and say hey! love to have you love your input on a stencil project i did..

  11. Thanks for the kind comments & I’ll be sure to stop by and see the stencil project. Happy Easter! Blessings, Janet

  12. This sounds so crazy delicious! Pinning so that I can try this. Thank you for sharing something different! #OMHGFF

  13. I’ve never had this before! I really have to try it. ? – Jerusha,

  14. Hi Jerusha, Scores of Southerners couldn’t be wrong – it’s a classic at social gatherings! Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  15. Hi Regina, I hope you enjoy this recipe that Southerners have enjoyed for many years! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  16. I’m completely intrigued by this dish. I’ve never had or even heard of it before, but I think it would be delicious alongside an Easter ham. Thanks for sharing it at Fiesta Friday this week!

  17. I’ve never had this dish, but it has all the things I love in it! Will have to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe! ~Rhonda

  18. Hi Rhonda, I hope you enjoy the recipe for Pineapple Au Gratin – it is yummy! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  19. I remember eating this at a many church function over the years. A nice side dish for the holidays for sure.

  20. Hi Michelle, It’s a great side dish – one of my favorites! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  21. I have never had pineapple au gratin, but I LOOOOOOOVE pineapple, so I am sure I would enjoy it! Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

  22. Hi Carlee, If you love pineapple, you’ll love Pineapple Au Gratin! (unless you don’t like cheese!) Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  23. Aw, church cookbooks are just the best! The recipes are always tried & true favorites and the memories are so special. Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party!
    Blessings, Leigh

  24. Hi Leigh, My church cookbook is great and I treasure that my Dad’s cornbread dressing is in it! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  25. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is a Top Ten at Full Plate Thursday this week and is pinned to the Features Board for Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  26. Hi Mix Helen, I’m honored to have the recipe for Pineapple Au Gratin in the top ten at Full Plate Thursday this week! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

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  29. You are so right, my grandma used to make pineapple au gratin – it is a southern classic! Thanks so much for sharing at You Link It, We Make It! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

  30. Hi April, So glad to hear you’ve had some wonderful pineapple au gratin. Isn’t it yummy? It’s my pleasure to line up with you at You Link It, We, Make It, and thanks for hosting! See you tomorrow! Blessings, Janet

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