baked pineapple casserole

Sweet and Savory Pineapple Stuffing

5/5 (1)
1 hour 10 mins
Vadim Rachok
12.12.2023
26.04.2024
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If you are looking for something different to serve at your holiday dinner, try pineapple stuffing. Its rich flavors and comforting aroma make it an ideal addition to any holiday table. This dish brings together sweet and savory flavors, creating a harmonious and indulgent culinary experience that is sure to please everyone. Well, follow this pineapple stuffing recipe and make this dessert to treat your family with a new delicious dish!

Pineapple stuffing, a delightful twist on a classic side, adds a burst of tropical sweetness to your holiday table. The combination of crushed pineapple, buttery richness, and the comforting texture of bread cubes creates a symphony of flavors that beautifully complements any festive feast. This dish is a true crowd-pleaser, blending the familiar with the unexpected, making it a memorable addition to your holiday menu.

What is Pineapple Stuffing?

Pineapple stuffing is a simple, delicious side dish. It combines the sweetness of crushed pineapple with the comforting flavor of bread cubes. Treat your family or friends to this dish. The preparation process of this pineapple stuffing requires minimal effort. Make it to grace your tables with a beloved classic that brings warmth and flavor to any occasion. 

The origins of pineapple stuffing can be traced back to the traditional cooking practices of the South, where sweet and savory flavors were often incorporated into side dishes to complement main courses such as ham or poultry. Over time, pineapple stuffing has become a popular addition to holiday meals and special occasions. It is appreciated for its unique blend of flavors and comforting appeal.

Why You’ll Love This Pineapple Stuffing Recipe

  • Serve pineapple stuffing with holiday entrees like baked ham or Thanksgiving turkey as a delicious sweet bread dressing. Or enjoy it as a dessert, bread pudding-style, with whipped cream on top.
  • Pineapple stuffing calls for simple ingredients. It is made with pantry staples: bread, canned pineapple, sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, eggs, and butter.
  • Depending on how you’re serving it and whether you’re looking for a sweet or savory dish, this stuffing recipe is easy to adapt.

Ingredients for Pineapple Stuffing

recipe for pineapple stuffing

The pineapple stuffing recipe is quick and easy to prepare. To make this dish, you’ll need a handful of easily accessible ingredients. Let’s take a look at each component of this simple recipe.

  • Sugar: Sugar balances the tartness of the pineapple and adds sweetness to the dish. 
  • Butter: Butter helps bind the ingredients together and adds a creamy texture.
  • Eggs: Eggs help hold the ingredients together while the dish is baking. 
  • Canned Pineapple: Canned pineapple adds a fruity and tangy flavor to the stuffing. 
  • Brioche Bread: Bread serves as the sweet base and bulk of the stuffing and helps create a soft and comforting texture.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and adds depth to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Vanilla Sugar: Adds depth of flavor and aroma to the staffing.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Provides warm, aromatic notes that complement the tropical sweetness of pineapple.

How to Make Pineapple Stuffing at Home?

This recipe embraces simplicity at every step, ensuring an effortless process from start to finish. From the basic instructions to the readily available ingredients, the ease of preparation enhances the pleasure of creating this delicious dish. Let’s see what you need to do to make pineapple stuffing.

Pineapple Casserole Stuffing Recipe step by step 1-4

Pineapple Casserole Stuffing Recipe step by step 5-6

  1. First, cream the room-temperature butter with the sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, and cinnamon until smooth.
  2. Then, add the eggs and beat until fluffy and homogeneous. 
  3. Add the canned pineapple chunks.
  4. Then, dice the brioche bread. Add to the mixture and mix.
  5. Grease a baking dish with butter, spread the mixture, and bake at 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 40-50 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool for a few hours and taste. 

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • You can substitute vanilla syrup for the vanilla sugar. 
  • You can also add orange or lemon zest.
  • It will taste perfect the next day.

Can You Make Pineapple Stuffing Ahead of Time? 

The stuffing can be made up to 1 day in advance. Just follow the recipe. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
When ready to bake, remove from the fridge about 30 minutes ahead of time and let rest on the counter. Uncover and bake in the preheated oven according to the instructions or until the center of the cake registers at least 165 degrees F.
If you transfer the casserole directly from the refrigerator to a hot oven, you run the risk of cracking the casserole dish from the sudden change in temperature. That is why it’s always best to let it rest outside the refrigerator for a short time before baking.

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What Kind of Bread to Use in Pineapple Stuffing

When making pineapple stuffing, it’s best to use brioche bread. Brioche has a rich, buttery texture that adds a delicious flavor and tenderness to the dish. The slightly sweet flavor of brioche bread is a perfect complement to the pineapple and other ingredients and enhances the overall flavor and texture of the stuffing.

How to Store Pineapple Stuffing?

stuffed pineapple

To store pineapple stuffing, allow it to cool completely at room temperature. Then transfer to an airtight container or sealable bag and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. Freeze up to 1-2 months in a freezer-safe container or bag for longer storage. Before reheating, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Proper storage will maintain its freshness so you can enjoy this delicious dish whenever you crave its sweet and savory flavors.

Can You Freeze Pineapple Stuffing? 

If you don’t plan to eat leftovers of the stuffing in the next few days, place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze them. You can store them this way for one to two months. Thaw the leftovers overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

This recipe combines the standard "delights" of a typical dessert: a huge amount of sugar + white flour (in the bread) + saturated animal fats from butter and eggs. This combination of nutrients represents a super combo of unhealthy eating. If you still want to try making this dessert in a healthier version, I can advise the following: replace sugar with a non-caloric sugar substitute (for example, a blend of erythritol and stevia), replace canned pineapple with fresh (as canned pineapple also contains a lot of added sugar), and replace white bread with rice or whole grain bun. This way, you'll eliminate many unnecessary simple carbohydrates from the recipe and enrich it with fiber.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Sweet and Savory Pineapple Stuffing
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Pineapple stuffing recipe: sweet and savory dish for Holiday.
baked pineapple casserole
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
4
The ingredients you need:
4,6 ounces (130 g) butter
3 pcs eggs
10,6 ounces (300 g) canned pineapple
7 ounces (200 g) sugar
0,3 ounces (8 g) vanilla sugar with vanilla
0,04 ounces (1 g) ground cinnamon
5,3 ounces (150 g) brioche bread
0,04 ounces (1 g) salt
Let’s start !
1

Cream the room-temperature butter with the sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, and cinnamon until smooth.

2

Add the eggs and beat until fluffy and homogeneous. 

3

Add the canned pineapple chunks.

4

Dice the brioche bread. Add to the mixture and mix.

5

Grease a baking dish with butter, spread the mixture, and bake at 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 40-50 minutes until golden brown.

6

Allow to cool for a few hours and taste. 

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 2620
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g30%
Saturated Fat 13g66%
Cholesterol 198mg66%
Sodium 356mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 73g27%
Dietary Fiber 2g6%
Total Sugars 58g 
Protein 8g 
Vitamin C 11mg54%
Calcium 89mg7%
Iron 2mg12%
Potassium 239mg5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of texture and flavor, consider tossing in a handful of chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, into the stuffing mixture. This adds a delightful crunch and nutty undertones that elevate the overall dining experience. Also, don't be afraid to experiment with different types of bread—whether it's a hearty whole wheat or a rustic sourdough, the bread choice can add depth to the dish. Lastly, a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg can enhance the warm, comforting notes of the stuffing, making it a true standout on your holiday table. Enjoy the delightful fusion of sweet and savory in every bite!

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