Cheese Pineapple Bake

Cheese Pineapple Bake
This Cheese Pineapple Bake is a perfect side dish to turkey or ham. Kids love it and you will too because it is so simple to make. Not too sweet, but just right, this cheese pineapple bake always has them coming back for seconds.
Cheese Pineapple Bake

This week I’m sharing one of my favorite side dishes from my childhood. This easy cheese pineapple bake was often served on our Thanksgiving table to accompany our smoked turkey. My dad always smoked  a turkey. Often he would gather every one’s grills in the neighborhood and smoke their turkey too! Smoking the big bird outside meant more room in the oven for side dishes, which often were more the star of the meal, than the turkey.

Today I’m joining with Sunday Supper to give you lots of options for side dishes-which often take center stage! I know we all have our favorites and often make similar things each year, but I always try to find something fresh and unique. Finding a new family favorite is a mission of mine.

Cheese Pineapple Bake

How to Make Cheese Pineapple Bake?

Making this is as easy as opening a can of pineapple, and mixing it with a bit of flour, sugar and grated cheese. Then pour the juice over the top. Let it bake and get bubbly and then it’s time to eat. Just let it cool a bit so you don’t burn your mouth! I sprinkled a bit of Aleppo pepper over the top to give this a spicy sweet flavor. I’ve also seen this with a Ritz cracker topping that is easily made by crushing some crackers and mixing with some melted butter. Topping or not, this is a side dish that everyone loves.

I still don’t know what my Thanksgiving plans are, but wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I know it’s sure to include good food. In fact, I’d be happy making a meal out of the dishes below. Well, those, this cheese pineapple bake, and maybe a few slices of pie! Thanks Caroline, of Caroline’s Cooking, for including me and putting this great list of side dishes together. I still can’t believe it’s November!

Cheese Pineapple Bake

A few more great sides:

Frozen Cranberry Salad 

Cranberry Freeze

Tamale Stuffing 

Tamale Stuffing

  Maple Glazed Challah Rolls

 Maple Glazed Challah Rolls

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Cheese Pineapple Bake

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This Cheese Pineapple Bake is a perfect side dish to turkey or ham. Just 4 Ingredients and you have a winner!



1/2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
3 c grated cheddar cheese
4 c pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved


Preheat oven to 325.
Combine flour, sugar and cheese in a bowl.
Place a layer of half of the pineapple in a buttered 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese mixture. Repeat the layering.
Pour the reserved juice over all, using just enough to barely cover. Bake for 1 hour and serve hot.
(I gave this a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper and it could also be topped with a crushed cracker topping!)

Keywords: pineapple cheese bake, easy cheesy pineapple bake, cheese and pineapple bake, cheese and pineapple side dish.



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  • mjskit
    November 18, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Cheese and pineapple? Not a combination I've ever had but Man, does it look good! And so easy! Another yummy recipe! Oh, the touch of aleppo is the perfect final touch. 🙂

  • ChgoJohn
    November 16, 2016 at 12:07 am

    My Thanksgiving menu may already be set, Abbe, but I know that your dish will be making an appearance the next time I prepare a ham. It sounds delicious!

  • Denise
    November 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I can honestly say I have never heard of pineapple and cheese together but seeing it in action I can see that it works together. What a creative and tasty looking dish!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    November 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I guess pineapple gets a love or hate reaction from a lot of people. Unfortunately, my husband and I are an opposite ends on the subject. It sounds delicious to me! What a wonderful list of recipes too. I can't believe it's almost the middle of November too!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    November 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    This cheesy pineapple bake sounds super yummy and super delicious. I have never had something like this before but I know I would love this. Fantastic share.

  • Tricia Buice
    November 9, 2016 at 12:47 am

    We still make "Hot Pineapple Casserole" but we also put crushed Ritz crackers on top with drizzled butter of course. One of my kids favorites 🙂 It does go great with ham and we usually have it once a year during the holidays. Great post!

  • All That I'm Eating
    November 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I bet this is so good, love this take on pineapple and cheese!

  • Pam
    November 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    This would be great, if only my family would go for the pineapple. I know it has to be delicious! Smoked turkey is awesome and would be great with your dish.

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere
    November 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What a unique side dish! I'm sure it would go great with turkey!

  • Renee Paj
    November 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    This looks so interesting Abbe! I bet it went so well with that smoked turkey!

  • Chris Scheuer
    November 7, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I love the idea of smoked turkey and this does sounds like the perfect accompaniment. Hmmm…. you've got me thinking 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 10, 2016 at 3:50 am

      I love smoked turkey. Actually refer it! Think away!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 10, 2016 at 3:50 am


  • Karly
    November 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, I've never heard of this!! I'm intrigued… and all of the sudden very hungry. Need to try this one!

  • Lavender and Lime (
    November 7, 2016 at 6:26 am

    This is the first time I have ever heard of this side dish!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 10, 2016 at 3:48 am

      Weird, huh? But I know you will like it!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    November 7, 2016 at 2:57 am

    PINEAPPLE AND CHEESE?!?!? Now this might be one of the STRANGEST combos I've ever seen!!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 10, 2016 at 3:48 am

      Stange, but true! And also very good!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    November 7, 2016 at 2:05 am

    So much fun to smoke a turkey! I love doing that for the 4th of July. Anyway, great dish — perfect for Thanksgiving. This would be fun served with ham, too. Thanks!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:09 am

      I will be honest. I have never cooked a whole turkey in my life. This is the only thing Manservant cooks-or smokes!

  • Adam J. Holland
    November 7, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I'll be honest, pineapple and I don't get along. But, I'm bookmarking (and making) this, because I'm in the minority around here. This looks fun! I think my peeps will love it. Thanks!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Thanks Adam. It's a crowd pleaser where I come from!

  • Monica Maloney Heidler
    November 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I have never thought to pair pineapple and cheese. I must try that – very soon!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Believe it or not-it does work!

  • Heather King
    November 6, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Pineapple and cheese? Interesting…I've got to try it!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:10 am

      You must! Kind of sweet and salty!

  • The Ninja Baker
    November 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Makes a lot of sweet sense, Abbe. And a perfect complement to the turkey…Intrigued too by your bio….Appreciate the appreciation of a multi-cultural upbringing =)

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Well, not quite multi cultural, but it was interesting being a minority in a small town!

  • Bobbi Marshall
    November 6, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This is a fun side dish. Nice photos too!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:12 am

      Thanks Bobbi! It is a fun and easy dish!

  • Mindy Boyd
    November 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I have never heard of this, but it sounds delightful!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:12 am

      Thanks Mindy. An oldie, but goody!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    November 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    My friend Cauleen makes this every Thanksgiving – it's fabulous!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Lea Ann. It really hits the spot!

    • Cheri Savory Spoon
      November 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Abbe, I have never heard of this dish before, sounds very intriguing and delicious, I bet this is delicious with turkey or ham.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 7, 2016 at 4:12 am

      You have that right Cheri!

  • Karen Harris
    November 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I bet this would be good with ham for the holidays. I love the addition of the pepper on top.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      I bet it would go great with ham. The pepper tasted great. Thanks Karen!

  • Liz Berg
    November 6, 2016 at 10:12 am

    These are the times when I wish Bill would eat pineapple! My MIL would make a pineapple gratin that was fabulous–and I'd love to try yours. SO glad to have you join Sunday Supper!!! xoxo

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks for all your help Liz! Hope I did it right! And I can't imagine not liking pineapple. LOL!

  • Angie Schneider
    November 6, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Awesome cheesy bake, Abbe. I love the pizza with pineapple, so I definitely will love this!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      That's so right Angie. Never thought of that. Maybe I should add som Canadian bacon!