written by:  Julie Everett

Have you needed a recipe that comes in 1st Place at every potluck you attend? Do you want to impress the in-laws with your cooking talents? Or perhaps you need a dish that makes everyone wonder how you have the time to create delectable dishes in the time you have as a busy woman? This week’s recipe is sure to accomplish any of these scenarios ~ using these simple ingredients!

I came across this recipe about fifteen years ago. Ever since, it has been a family favorite and is found on our dinner table at least once a month. I made the dish one evening while dating Jason (my now husband). He took a huge helping, thinking it was potato casserole. After trying his first bite, he was shocked by the mixed flavors of this simple dish. Pleasing to the palette, you will find a hint of salty mixed with the sweetness of the pineapple.

As you learned with my last publication (baked spaghetti casserole) I’m all about easy dishes, so this suits that category, too! Enjoy!

Pineapple Casserole

  • 2 cans pineapple chunks; drained (I use Dole, as it’s the sweetest)
  • ¾ c. flour
  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 stack Ritz Crackers, crumbled (do not substitute!)
  • 2 sticks of butter

Spray 9X13” baking dish with cooking spray. Put drained pineapple chunks in the bottom of the pan. Mix flour, sugar, and cheese together. Pour mixture evenly over the pineapple. Crumble Ritz crackers over the top. (leave somewhat chunky). Top with 2 sticks of melted butter. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, until crackers are browned.

Julie Everett

Cooking was not something that came easy to me. When I first got married, I wasn't even sure how to boil water! Over the years--with many attempts at trying new things, I have come to love cooking for my family and friends. Cooking is a way to express yourself and the love in your heart. It takes a little effort, but is certainly worth it when you fill the tummies of those who are most important to you. I like to keep things simple in the kitchen. (The fewer ingredients, the better!) It is my goal to share with you some of my family's favorites, keeping it simple and requiring little time from you and your already busy schedule. Along with cooking, I have a profound love of teaching--children and adults alike. I am an Instructional Learning Coach for Kearney Public Schools. I live on a lake along the Platte River with my husband, Jason. We have three children: Brittany, Gordon, and Colvin. I enjoy running, biking, long walks, painting, decorating, hanging on the beach, reading, and of course, cooking and eating! If you would like to contact me, you may do so by emailing me at: [email protected]rg