This is one of the recipes that sounds bizarre but it so good - the flavors just all come together. A family member who has since passed away shared this recipe with my over 20 years ago. Mellie was a great cook. I made this for my teacher luncheon today and it got rave reviews.
20 oz pineapple in own juice, drained but reserving 3 Tbsp juice
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tube of Ritz crackers, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Drain pineapple, reserving juice; Crush crackers in a ziploc bag; Mix flour, sugar and juice; Add cheese and pineapple; Spoon into a greased square pan; Melt butter and mix with crushed Ritz crackers and chopped pecans; Sprinkle on top of pineapple mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until golden brown.
Enjoy as a side dish with any meat entrees. We served it with turkey, ham, cheesy potatoes and bread.
**I doubled this and cooked in a larger rectangle casserole dish.