The Best Pineapple Casserole

A savory and sweet southern casserole. Only 6 ingredients–Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert. This is truly the Best Pineapple Casserole you will ever taste.

I’ve been making this casserole for at least 30 years now. A friend introduced me to this casserole shortly after I married. This casserole is really delicious, and after the first bite, you will be hooked.

Recipe Origin

I began making this casserole to serve with ham. Pineapple and ham always go together and are a great combination. But honestly, it goes with just about anything and everything. I have served this at cookouts with hamburgers, at Thanksgiving with turkey, and at Christmas with ham. My family expects this casserole at every holiday meal. I made this the other night–during the week– and served it with chicken crescent rolls and did not have the first complaint from my family. 🙂

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The Best Pineapple Casserole

Why This Recipe Is Fantastic

The combination of ingredients may sound strange, but I promise they all mesh together into one delicious casserole.

Pineapple casserole is made to serve as a side dish, but honestly, it could be eaten as a dessert. 🙂 As a matter of fact, I reheated a small bowl for dessert last night. 🙂

With only a few simple ingredients, you can have this casserole mixed and in the oven in no time. Everything is mixed by hand–no need to drag out the mixer. Just mix everything together in one bowl, dump into a casserole dish, slide into the oven. Easy!!

I’ve made this casserole for church socials, holiday gatherings, and just as a side dish during the week. It will not disappoint you or your guests.

Ingredients Needed for Pineapple Casserole

 *cubed bread, *milk, *eggs, *sugar, *butter, *pineapple tidbits ( with juice)

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The Best Pineapple Casserole

How To Make The Best Pineapple Casserole

This casserole is so simple and with just a few minutes of prep, you can have this casserole made and in the oven. It’s perfect for the holidays or as a side dish during the week. 

For complete instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. Gather ingredients and cube the bread.
  2. Mix everything together.
  3. Pour into a casserole dish.
  4. Bake.
  5. Serve warm.
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Is Pineapple Casserole a Dessert?

I like to serve Pineapple Casserole as a side dish. But, I have also eaten leftovers as a dessert. 🙂 Basically, it depends on you! 

How to Store Leftover Casserole

Store all leftovers in the refrigerator. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap or place in a tightly covered bowl. Leftovers will usually last 4-5 days in the refrigerator. **They never last this long at my house. 

What Do I Serve With Pineapple Casserole?

Honestly, in my opinion, it goes great with everything. I like to serve it best with ham. Ham and Pineapple Casserole equals a win every time! I have also served it with grilled foods during the summer, at Thanksgiving with turkey, with sticky chicken, and during the week with barbecued ribs.

Try this for your next holiday gathering or just for something different during the week. In my opinion, no holiday is complete without a Pineapple Casserole.

If you are looking for side dishes to serve at holiday gatherings or during the week, be sure to try my Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping and Southern Cornbread Salad and Candied Sweet Potatoes. These always show up on my table for the holidays.

Some other great weeknight sides to try are– Southern Deviled EggsCrispy Fried Okra, and Fried Cabbage and Onions. My corn casserole is fabulous. Great recipes for holidays or weeknight meals.

Recipe FAQ’s

Canned pineapple is usually sweeter and has more juice. However, I have not tested this recipe with fresh pineapple. Therefore, I can not recommend the outcome.

No. Do not drain the pineapple juice. You will need the juice in this recipe.

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Need a quick dessert for your holiday table? My No Bake Pumpkin Pie is a winner every time! It’s light, fluffy, and comes together in minutes. Delish!

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The Best Pineapple Casserole

Gina Abernathy
A savory and sweet southern casserole. Only 6 ingredients–Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert. This is truly the Best Pineapple Casserole you will ever taste.
5 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups cubed bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Eggs beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 20 ounce can pineapple tidbits with juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix milk, eggs, sugar, and butter.
  • Add pineapple and juice. Mix well
  • Add cubed bread. Stir until all of the bread is coated.
  • Spray a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish with non stick spray. Pour the pineapple mixture into the dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm. Enjoy!
Keyword Pineapple Casserole

49 Comments

  1. Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious! I’ve never thought to add pineapples into casseroles! Sounds like a good breakfast or dessert idea for the future!

  2. 5 stars
    Ok so I’ve never heard of this before but I am definitely trying it! It looks so yummy and totally what my family will love!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, it’s like a British Bread and Butter pudding, but with pineapple. It’s quite unconventional to serve something sweet like this with savoury dishes where we live, but it makes me all the more excited to try this recipe! After all, I love ham and pineapple pizza, so I think I’d love this casserole with roast gammon!

  4. 5 stars
    This reminds me of a bread pudding recipe but way easier to make and with one of my favorite fruits – pineapple!! Can’t wait to make this for my family – they will love it!

  5. 5 stars
    Beautiful casserole to pair with salty meats, like ham or smoked gammon joint! Will definitely keep this recipe in mind for an upcoming special family meal!

  6. 5 stars
    This fabulous, savory and sweet pineapple casserole is going on my “must make” list right now! Can’t wait to dig into this deliciousness!

      1. I use just regular sandwich bread for this recipe. Day old bread works great. Thanks for the question. This is a great tasting recipe and is always requested at out holiday gatherings. Enjoy!

  7. 5 stars
    This looks incredible! The most indulgent casserole that was. Yum! We love pineapples, can’t wait to try this out.

  8. 5 stars
    I had never heard of pineapple casserole before but I love bread pudding and I love pineapple so I thought I would give it a try for a unique dessert for our dinner last night. I was blown away! So delicious and incredibly easy too.

  9. 5 stars
    As a self-proclaimed pineapple addict, I thought I’d eaten pineapple in every way possible. This is a new one! It would definitely be a delicious dessert. I am so excited to try it!

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for YEARS and everyone loves it and asks for the recipe. I always make it with baked ham, scalloped potatoes and baked beans. It’s a winner!

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