Christmas Side Dish Recipe – Baked Pineapple

baked pineapple recipe

If you are planning on serving ham this Christmas and have never tried baked pineapple before, you need to try this recipe.  My neighbor Girly Girl gave it to me some time ago {Chino the Handyman grew up with this} and I now serve baked pineapple every time we cook a ham.  To not serve this dish with a ham dinner would be like not serving mashed potatoes with turkey. Quite simply, they belong together.

Consider yourself warned… You will totally become a side dish super star if you bring this to someones house for Christmas dinner {or serve it at your own house}. Not only is baked pineapple divine, it is ridiculously easy to make, and everyone will want the recipe.

baked pineapple recipeIngredients

{1} 20 oz Can of Crushed Pineapple
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
2 Eggs Beaten
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Milk
1 Tsp. of Vanilla Extract


Mix together and pour into a greased baking dish {I used {2} 4″ ramekins}*  sprinkle with cinnamon and cut a few small pieces of butter and place on top. Bake @ 350 for 1 hour.

Is there something special your family makes every year during the holidays?  If so, please share in the comments below.  I don’t want to miss out on anything good.


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  1. Leanna says

    My list is too long.

    Green bean casserole (I do not use mushroom soup)
    Pineapple bread (and strawberry, zucchini, pumpkin, cranberry and banana)
    English toffee – so easy and so much better than almond roca
    peanut butter balls (also known as buckeyes)
    Sauerbraten (in the crock pot) on Christmas day (a new tradition I started a few years back – my mom is part German)
    sugar cookies for Santa
    a gingerbread house (confession – I buy the cheapest premade one I can find)
    Happy Birthday Jesus cake – yellow cake w/ chocolate frosting – box & can (hubby’s fave)

    Thanks for letting me share.

  2. says

    My family as been making ham loaf for many years. Since I have been making Christmas dinner, I have tried to make the ham loaf too. I usually get my meat at a butcher shop in PA as they are not familiar with the hamloaf in VA. This year we didn’t get home this fall so I had a butcher debone a ham and I debonded a pork butt, borrowed my neighbors grinder attachment and ground my own meat. I mix the ham loaf and it is waiting for me to bake it and baste and enjoy on Christmas morning. I also make mashed potatoes (for my hubby), baked corn (for all the kids and myself), filling (cause having it once a year at Thanksgiving is not enough I decided) and I will also cook another ham for slicing. Our family is growing and I don’t want to fall short on food! I will add homemade applesauce to the table and someone is bringing deviled eggs and a truffle style dessert.
    The best part is I told my step children that I wouldn’t be making the hamloaf this year due to not going to PA but then I came up with this plan. I am hoping it tastes good!

  3. LaToya says

    I forgot about this pineapple recipe. And I want it now. If we have corn starch, it’s dessert for tonight. And if we don’t, I’m sending the husband to get some, and we are still having it tonight.

    We do the usuals….tamales for the one side….and prime rib for the other. And then my rice pudding and fudge. See – nothing crazy. Just grub.

    • Mavis says

      Tamales? Really? I don’t think I have ever eaten a tamale let alone see one at Christmas dinner. Rice pudding though, my Dad would really, really like that. Do you have a favorite recipe?

      • Annabel Lee says

        We also have tamales on Christmas Eve. Started years ago when we ordered
        batches from a Mexican restaurant. Now my son will be making them today
        from scratch.

        Husbands family Norwegian and neither he nor I wanted all
        that bland traditional stuff his family had like noodles and sauce and meatballs
        and lutefisk. I did learn years ago how to make the lefse and several of the
        cookies so we save the tasty part of the tradition.

        Funny but both our families always had potato soup on Christmas Eve so
        we always still have that.

      • NancyB says

        Tamales are traditional Christmas fare in Hispanic families. I’m not Hispanic, but I love me some tamales! They are a lot of work, so it becomes a family project with many people helping. Especially at Christmas.

        • Carol says

          Not being able to purchase home made tamales is one of the things I miss being retired. Several times a year, people at work would take orders and then their families would get together and make the tamales….I COULD make them, but that isn’t gonna happen. :)

  4. Becky says

    Christmas Eve dinner (preferably at midnight):
    boiled potatoes
    oyster soup

    Christmas breakfast:
    home made danish (really not that difficult to make)
    orange or mandarin (good health for the new year)
    omelet with salsa

    with the dinner my family always requests cranberry freeze. Last year we added a birthday cake for Jesus (my 84 y.o. Dad really liked this addition).

  5. Dottie says

    Creamed corn but its whole kernel white corn with heavy cream, recipe is ripped off of some old school restaurant in LA but sooooo good!

    • Mavis says

      Nope. Target. They are made by Anchor Hocking Glass company and the prices range from $4.99 – $12.99 depending on what size you want. Amazon also sell them. :)

  6. Desi says

    We make Paulty every christmas eve. It’s a sweedish dish and is not very appetizing unless you grow up eating it. You basically wash, peel, and grate potatoes on the finest cheese grater. It turns to mush, then you add flower and boil it in water till it floats, about 1 hour. Eat it with butter, ham, and lemon pepper. We love it.

    This looks yummy!

  7. Rachel says

    My mother in law makes an awesome pineapple dessert that is called “pineapple rice”. Essentially it is creamed rice with crushed pineapple and whipped cream. I don’t know the recipe and I’ve never cooked it myself but it is always a winner any time of year. It has to be served super cold – yum!

  8. Carol says

    At my home, either we have a repeat of the turkey/Thanksgiving meal, or a ham in place of the turkey.
    The one different item I make is Tomato Pudding (aka Scalloped Tomatoes). My Dad brought the recipe home from England during WWII. It’s been a favorite of my family ever since. But, not for everyone (my HH)….so I eat the whole bowl myself!

      • Carol says

        Sure! I hope you like it, Annabel Lee!!!

        10 oz. can tomato puree
        1/4 cup boiling water
        1/4 tsp. salt
        6 TBLS brown sugar
        1 cup fresh white bread crumbs
        1/4 cup melted butter

        Place the tomato puree in a saucepan. Rinse the can with the boiling (hot from the tap works, too). Add it to the puree. Heat these ingredients to the boiling point and add the salt and brown sugar.
        In a baking dish, place the bread crumbs and pour the melted butter over them. Add the tomato mixture and cover the dish closely. Bake the pudding in a moderate oven, 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not remove the cover until ready to serve the tomatoes.
        (I will eat this stuff cold…..but that’s just me!) Enjoy!

  9. Annabel Lee says

    My father’s background was English so we always had roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and mince pie and plum pudding for dessert (flaming). My mother’s is German Swiss so did more that side on Christmas Eve, like the potato soup, herring, sausages ,, cheeses, rye bread, lots of cookies.

    I don’t always make the beef roast, they are kind of pricey and we are not big meat eaters overall. This year we are having a ham. But I still make the Yorkshire pudding (I just use butter in place of meat drippings) and the mince pie.

  10. bobbie says

    We make posole and tamales for christmas day, but we have a big dinner christmas eve with ham, potatoes, and a ton of apetizers like cream cheese stuffed jalepenos, magic bars, salami and cheese and crackers! Yummm cant wait to try this baked pineapple with our ham tonight! Thanks mavis!

  11. Madalin says

    Hi Mavis

    Happy Easter, everyone

    I’m going to make this for Sunday to take to Easter dinner. Can I make it on Sat. and put it in the fridge? Can it be served cold/room temp, or does it need to be served warm/hot?
    There will be too much food in the oven on Sunday to make it then

    Have a wonderful holiday…..thanks Mavis

  12. NancyB says

    Mavis, I love what you are doing and admire all your gardening. You have way more energy than I do, for sure! It’s not Christmas time now, but I saw the Baked Pineapple recipe and decided to try it. Everyone has raved about it on all the comments, but I think it was too sweet. I made it as a dessert, not a side dish, but I guess I was expecting a more custardy kind of thing. I will do it again, but cut the sugar down to 1/2 or 3/4 cup. I used crushed pineapple in juice. If I was using the pineapple in syrup it really would have been way too sweet. It didn’t stop my husband and me from eating the whole thing, however! Great idea, just too sweet for us.

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