Pineapple Casserole

Kristi Bible Williams

I have always enjoyed visiting my husband’s parents.  My mother-in-law, Judy Williams, is known for her culinary abilities.  Many times she has invited us to eat supper.  I look forward to the times she makes this dish.  It is one of my absolute favorites.  I received this recipe as part of a cookbook she gave me at our wedding shower.  All the recipes in the book are ones that have passed her test.  Since receiving the cookbook, I have noticed that at family gatherings, Judy always give new recipes to family members.  Needless to say, my cookbook is a work in progress.

One has to know my mother-in-law to understand the whole story.  She learned to cook from her own mother-in-law, Bartie Williams (an expert country cook).  When they were first married, she and her husband James lived with Bartie and Charlie in Caylor, Virginia.  Since becoming a member of the family, I have heard many a tale about Bartie’s (my husband’s grandmother) expert cooking.  It seems special that I am learning from my mother-in-law, just as she learned from hers.

After receiving this recipe, I made it for our family reunion.  It is tradition that the first Sunday in June, the Crittenden clan meets to celebrate decoration.  The table overflows with all sorts of delicacies.  Casseroles, cornbread, and country ham are in abundance.  The tea is as sweet as the stories.  Many people say the pineapple casserole reminds them of my great aunt Marg (short for Margaret), who used to make the same dish.  I did not know she (now deceased) used to make pineapple casserole.  Upon further inspection, I found her recipe to be the same one I had been given.  I was excited to learn that I had stumbled upon a connection (however small) to my great aunt.  How strange to get a recipe from my husband’s side of the family and then find it exists on my side, too.

2 large cans pineapple chunks or tidbits, drained

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons flour

1 cup grated cheese

1 roll Ritz crackers, crumbled

1 stick margarine, melted

Put pineapple in casserole dish.  Mix sugar and flour.  Sprinkle over pineapple.  Sprinkle on grated cheese, then crackers.  Pour melted margarine on top.  Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.