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Easy Pineapple Stuffing Side Dish

Everyone in our home goes for the stuffing during the holiday season. There’s nothing better than the moist bread side dish and it’s a classic in our home. When we want to trade savory for sweet, we make this flavorful Pineapple Stuffing recipe! It’s a delicious side dish for ham and offers unexpected flavor. Make it as a foolproof recipe for any holiday occasion.

Easy Pineapple Stuffing side dish recipe that's perfect with ham

I inherited so many great vintage recipes from my Grandmother and this is one of them. Just like making your normal stuffing, the bread soaks up the moisture – but this time from the pineapple. You’ll end up with a bit of a crust from the way it bakes and an inside sweet bread portion that’s got bits of pineapple throughout.

There are different versions of the story, but most people believe the origin of pineapple stuffing comes from WW2. They were rationing supplies and needed a holiday side dish that was simple. This fit the bill and tasted delicious. So your vintage pineapple stuffing comes from the late 1940’s!

The first time I made this, I followed the directions exactly. Now? My family asks me to double the recipe every time I make it so that we can enjoy the leftovers. The next day, I’ll put a bit in a ham sandwich – with mayo – and it’s a divine sandwich experience unlike any other.

Need a main dish to serve with your pineapple stuffing? I love my Bourbon Holiday Ham recipe and it’s so delicious with the stuffing. A Pork Crown Roast is another great option. Prime Rib would be a red meat option, if that’s what you’re interested in.

How To Make Pineapple Stuffing The Easy Way

If you’re making this for the holidays, it’s a casserole side dish that can be made ahead of time. Like many vintage recipes, there aren’t a lot of ingredients. With only 5 ingredients total, it’s not complicated to make at all. I make it in my 1.5-quart casserole dish and it’s perfect every time.

Pineapple Stuffing Side Dish Recipe
This Pineapple Stuffing side dish recipe is perfect with ham for any holiday occasion!

When To Make This Stuffing

This recipe can be made as a dinner side dish for any time of the year, but I think it’s great for Christmas or Easter. It’s amazing when you serve it with ham, but it also works with other types of meat. The stuffing is unique and unexpected. It’s quite simple to make, but people think it’s fancier.

When you’ve got to juggle a holiday dinner and you want multiple sides, easy is the way to go. I love that you can make it ahead of time and forget about it until you’re ready to bake. A side dish like this one makes dinner easy to get on the table. Easy is always the best choice when it’s a holiday dinner – in my opinion.

Can Pineapple Stuffing Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes! Make pineapple stuffing ahead of time by mixing together the ingredients and placing it in the casserole dish without baking. Go ahead and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Bake it and then cover with aluminum foil if you’re still prepping other dishes or place it in a warming drawer. Definitely serve it hot!

How Many People Does This Recipe Serve?

If you prepare it as is, it makes 4 to 6 servings. However, everyone loves this stuffing and they can’t help but to want more! I like to double it for our holidays. Plus, leftovers are life – right?

Can You Freeze Pineapple Stuffing?

If you want to freeze the stuffing, transfer it from the casserole dish to an airtight food storage container. Freeze it up to three months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator for several hours before reheating. You can reheat in the microwave or oven (see below instructions).

Pineapple Bread Pudding

Does It Need To Be Refrigerated?

You can leave the stuffing out for several hours after serving, but definitely store it in the refrigerator when done. Enjoy it for 3-4 days before tossing or freezing. I’ll leave mine in the casserole dish and just place the casserole cover over it for the fridge (nothing fancy).

How To Reheat Pineapple Stuffing

Reheating the pineapple stuffing is easy. Turn the oven on a low setting, 300 degrees, and reheat until the center is warm (about 10-15 minutes). I’ll take it out and check the center temperature with a taste test.

If you want to reheat the stuffing in the microwave, make sure you use a microwave-safe container if it’s not already in one. Reheat on high for 2-3 minutes. Again, check to see if there are any cold/hot spots. Add an additional 30 seconds as needed.

Recipe Variations For Pineapple Stuffing

If you want to add a bit of crunch to the stuffing, feel free to add toasted chopped pecans or chopped macadamia nuts. It gives a bit of crunch to the stuffing and adds more texture. I’ve made it with the macadamia nuts and it’s a burst of flavor in each bite.

Not a fan of super sweet? You can easily cut the sugar in half, if you prefer. The stuffing is very sweet and the pineapple adds natural sweetness. I suggest making it as directed the first time and playing with the level of sweetness when you make it again.

Directions To Make Easy Pineapple Stuffing

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Adding pineapple chunks into the mixture

Spoon into prepared dish and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.

Stuffing mixture ready to be poured into baking dish

Serve hot as a holiday side dish for ham or prime rib. It’s a sweet stuffing that can easily be reheated to enjoy as leftovers!

Pineapple Stuffing Side Dish Recipe
Yield: 12 Servings

Easy Pineapple Stuffing Side Dish

Pineapple Stuffing Side Dish Recipe

An easy vintage recipe, this Pineapple Stuffing side dish is delicious with ham for the holidays. It's also simple to make ahead of time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 Slices White Bread, Cubed (French or Italian Bread Would Work)
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 (15 1/4-oz) Can Pineapple Chunks, Drained
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a deep-dish casserole with non-stick cooking spray.

    2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon into prepared casserole dish.

    3. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown on top. Serve immediately.

Notes

Serve your Pineapple Stuffing with a ham for the holidays! Make it ahead of time and just bake prior to serving, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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