Today I'm having fun with Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee and joining her in the recipe exchange. This is one of our Fall Family Favorites... Pineapple Casserole.
We get to go to lots of covered dish fellowship meals. I'm always looking for something different and delicious to "wow" the crowds... unfortunately, this is not usually the case.
In Georgia at almost every one of these blessed events there is at least one of these side dishes presented. It happens to be one of my favorite and I also fix it at home and when company comes, too.
When we moved last year to our new appointment in Southwest Oklahoma they were very interested in the different styles of cooking and asked me to bring something distinctly "southern".
Because of the way our schedule was, it meant that I took my dish to the 9:30 service and left it. We had another service in another town at 11:00 and after that, we returned for the dinner.
When we got back for dinner I was going down the line I was looking for my casserole. I had told several people and asked that they made sure it was out. Well, I didn't see it anywhere! I asked about it and they said they had served it... Sure enough, I had even picked up a plate of it myself! They didn't know what it was and thought it was a dessert and had put it out on dessert plates!!!!
When I acted confused, (like they were REALLY crazy), they asked what it was. I said, "Pineapple Casserole, we eat it as a side dish, not a dessert."
They then took a plate of the casserole and gave one to each person saying, "this is a vegetable, not a dessert!" I watched people take a taste and then asking each other, "WHAT is this?"
Then they'd say, "SHE said it was a VEGETABLE... I've never tasted any vegetable like this, it tastes like a dessert!"
We all had a good laugh as I tried to explain that it is a side dish...
Anyway, you can eat it any way you like, but in Georgia and at MY house, it is a side dish!
1 can large crushed pineapple in it's own juice, not drained
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Mix and put in greased small casserole dish.
1 sleeve Ritz crackers (crushed)
1 stick butter melted.
Place topping on mixture and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly.