by / Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Casseroles with pineapple...messy breakfasts...and other things Over the Top!

When my friend and fellow lush Dani from Cooking for my Peace of Mind made this crazy dish...I knew it wouldn't be long before I tried it. At first glance, the combination of ingredients seem they wouldn't go together. But the more you think about it, the harder the thoughts of sweet n' savory slap you in the face...try me...try me...I gave in. Funny though, I don't really like canned pineapple. Never have liked canned pineapple. I can eat fresh pineapple until I'm sticky and slippery like a babe in a highchair...but canned pineapple just tastes weird to me. I made it anyway.
Pineapple Casserole
1 can (20 oz)pineapple chunks, drained 1 can (20 oz)crushed pineapple, drained 5 Tbs. flour 1 c. sugar 1 1/2 - 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1 1/2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs 1 stick butter (1/2 c.), melted Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a small casserole dish (I used an 8x8). Combine the pineapple, sugar, flour and cheese in a large bowl. Pour into the casserole dish. If you haven't yet smashed up your Ritz, do it now and then spread the cracker crumbs over the mixture and drizzle the melted butter over the top. Bake for ~30 minutes, or until golden.Tasty. Crazy weird...but, tasty. My favorite parts are the edges where the cheese and the pineapple have caramelized and you get those sticky, golden bits! Cheers Dani!Before you go...have a look at this.......yum, right!? Head on over to My Year on the Grill where I'm guest posting for Dave today (about that delicious mess) while he and his lady enjoy The Big Easy.
Oh yes...and I was lucky enough to receive this Over the Top award from Coleen of Coleen's Recipes thanks Coleen! I have to answer a few questions...with one word only (I'll try, I really will)...
1. Where is your cell phone? Good Question 2. Your hair? hopeless 3. Your mother? kind 4. Your father? estranged 5. Your favorite food? Rustic...earthy...delicious 6. Your dream last night? Naughty 7. Your favorite drink? Wine 8. Your dream/goal? Mindfulness 9. What room are you in? Kitchen 10. Your hobby? Duh! 11. Your fear? Clowns 12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Italy 13. Where were you last night? Home 14. Something that you aren't? Hyper 15. Muffins? Croissants
16. Wish list items? Infinite 17. Where did you grow up? Everywhere 18. Last thing you did? Dishes 19. What are you wearing? Jammies 20. Your TV? Neglected 21. Your pets? At my feet 22. Friends? Cherished 23. Your life? Unexpected 24. Your mood? Wishy-washy 25. Missing someone? Yeah 26. Vehicle? Runs 27. Something you're not wearing? shoes 28. Your favorite store? Target (the French pronunciation)
I'm passing this award on to Dani, DD, Michele, Spryte & Dajana.....if you will accept. :)
***Oh yes, I also wanted to tell you that Diana from A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa is having an amazing giveaway. I'm just sayin' don't have to listen if you don't want...better chances for me to win. I really wanna win. ***

Heather is a Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.


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