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Your favourite recipes that use canned pineapple?

I loves me some canned pineapples, looking for more recipes to incorporate them into.

Fond memories of my grandpa cooking his parsnips with them when I was a child. :)

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  1. I admit to being partial to the orange jello mold with grated carrots and canned crushed pineapple, though I consider it a snack or dessert, not a "salad". And of course in carrot cake, hummingbird cake, and pina colada cake.

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    1. re: greygarious

      pineapple casserole: my family has been making it for as long as i can remember. this recipe approximates it well.


      1. re: greygarious

        Thanks for the cake ideas, just got my first stand mixer, so I'm certainly inclined to try some new cakes out.. I make banana bread at least once a week, happy to finally give my arm a rest.. ;)

        And that casserole looks awesome, I never even imagined a dish like that, I'm too curious not to try it.. I'll report back :) I wonder if panko would substitute well for the crackers

        1. re: SocksManly

          That Paula Deen dish reminds me of Scalloped Pineapple which has bread cubes in it and no cheese and is baked...very nice with ham. And really nice for breakfast...if you think you might want to see that recipe, let me know.

          1. re: Val

            Sure of course! If it's good, I want to be eating it.

            Since it's Christmas and we're sharing, here's that Banana Bread recipe that I make weekly. So good.


            1. re: SocksManly

              All I know is that I got this from someone back in the '80's, not sure where she got it from:
              Scalloped Pineapple

              1-1/4 cups sugar
              1/2 cup butter, at room temp
              2 eggs
              1/2 cup light cream
              1 - 20 ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits, half drained
              10 slices bread, cubed

              Preheat oven to 350.
              Cream butter and sugar; add eggs. Stir to combine. Add Pineapple, cream and bread cubes. Mix gently with spatula and spread in a greased glass baking dish (8x8x2 or 9x9x2) and bake for 40 minutes.

      2. When I'm making small quantities of tacos de carnitas or al pastor, gotta have that little can of pineapple.

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        1. re: Veggo

          omg! How foolish of me.. My wife is Mexican, and I've been to Mexico City and other cities and provinces more times than I can count. I make this carnitas recipe fairly regularly, but never thought to add the pineapple! Please share your al pastor recipe? Haven't tried to make that at home yet, that would be a nice surprise for my wife. I actually bought maybe 2 liters of salsa from my favourite taco stand in Mexico City last time I was there, froze it and stuck it in my suitcase.. Then thawed it at home, put it in ice cube trays and re-froze it. Now whenever we have tacos or similar, I have the best dark spicy authentic salsa, immediately doubling how good the food is. :)

          Carnitas recipe: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs...

        2. I like it when recipes for empanadas, picadillo, etc. include raisins. The combination of raisins and olives is wonderful. But my kids are totally raisin averse, so I substitute pineapple, which seems to be acceptable to them and works out well for me too.

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          1. re: Steve

            Pineapple would be a good substitute for golden raisins in a Veracruz sauce ,with the olives and other savorys. One of my favorites.

              1. re: SocksManly

                After smoking a shoulder or loin, I make a baste with rehydrated anchos, sofrito (Uruguayan or Puerto Rican) , orange juice concentrate, and ground annato seeds (achiote), and flash fry thin coated pork slices for 30 seconds in a skillet with OO and ajo.

            1. I sometimes do a very basic tuna melt with tuna salad that's reeeally light on the mayo, basically just enough to stick together, with a little lemon pepper and onion, and then top it with a canned pineapple ring under the cheese before broiling. Sounds, and looks, unbelievably 1964, but tastes great. Please pass the brightly-colored-cellophane-topped toothpicks.

              1. Dessert tamales with pineapple, and sweet & sour dishes of pork/shrimp/duck over rice often have pineapple/bell pepper included. You should look at Hawaiian websites, and the pineapple canning company websites--they might have recipes you'll like.

                1. I make sweet & sour meatballs with canned pineapple and also sweet & sour chicken (from Cook's Illustrated). I can give you recipes if you want.

                  And I make these Super Short Ribs. In fact, my now infamous Passover brisket is based on this same recipe, but I use crushed pineapple instead of chunks so the pineapple kind of disappears into the sauce but the flavor is there.


                  1. i don't do it myself, but i know a lot of people use it in carrot cake. you can also add it to quick bread/muffin recipes to replace fat or add moisture (much in the way you'd use applesauce or yogurt) - i'm thinking bran muffins would be good, and morning glory muffins usually call for canned pineapple.

                    what else...sorbet? pineapple bread pudding? sweet & sour chicken?

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      easiest pineapple sorbet ever- freeze can of pineapple. whip in food processor till fluffy. eat.

                    2. some people put it into noodle kugel and it works well.

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                      1. re: magiesmom

                        wow, i just had SUCH a childhood flashback. thanks for that :)

                      2. We like Hawaiian Haystacks at our house. Here's an explanation with a recipe for chicken sauce: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2010/0...

                          1. My Daddy would gussy up the cole slaw with canned pineapple...the best!

                            1. had another super-simple thought this morning while i was eating breakfast - mix it with cottage cheese.

                              1. The Cake Doctor's Better Than Sex cake. Amazing.

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                                1. re: noodlepoodle

                                  I overheard this "recipe" while sitting at a local cafe.

                                  Take a can of pineapple and drain it (I used 2 20 oz cans of chunks b/c I wanted a lot) Sprinkle over that a pkg of cake mix (I had a yellow mix)

                                  Melt a stick of butter (You can use two if you want) and drizzle that over the whole thing. Put in the oven and bake for about half an hour.

                                  YUM! And amazing cold, too.

                                2. I have two recipes for you, the first is the absolute easiest cake made from scratch you'll ever make. I've taught this recipe with much success at cooking classes for beginner cooks.

                                  Pineapple Nut Cake

                                  2 cups crushed pineapple (in its own juice), drained
                                  2 c. sugar
                                  2 eggs
                                  2 c. flour
                                  2 tsp. baking soda
                                  1 c. chopped walnuts, or others

                                  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.

                                  2. In a large bowl, mix and pour into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


                                  1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
                                  1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
                                  1 tsp. vanilla
                                  dash salt
                                  1 1/2 - 2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar

                                  1. Mix cream cheese and butter together until smooth and light. Add vanilla, salt, and enough sugar to make icing spreadable. Spread over cake.

                                  The second recipe is very similar to ones others have shared. We call it Baked Pineapple. I serve it every Christmas with ham. It is delicious.

                                  Baked Pineapple

                                  1/2 cup (one stick) butter
                                  3/4 cup sugar
                                  3 eggs, well beaten
                                  dash salt
                                  20 ounce can crushed pineapple, partially drained
                                  5 slices white bread, crusts trimmed off and cubed

                                  1. Partially drain pineapple. Remove most juice don't squeeze it dry.
                                  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and beat all together.
                                  3. Add salt, pineapple and bread cubes (mixture will look curdled.)
                                  4. Pour mixture in a 1 1/2 quart casserole pan, unbuttered, and bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes until top is slightly brown.

                                  1. I mix a can of drained,crushed pineapple with skinned baked sweet potatoes, touch of cinnamon and whip it all up, then mix in some chopped walnuts......quick, delicious and healthy

                                    1. I use pineapple in stir-fry all the time. Last night was pork, julienned carrots, snow peas, tofu, cabbage, broccoli and pineapple, which sounds pretty appalling, I realize - but the sauce - pulled it into an absolutely delicious combo. The sauce was... well, it also sounds appalling, so I will not elaborate, but it was your basic "throw it all together and hope for the best" stir-fry creation.

                                      But my favorite use is the simplest - grilled. I melt a couple tablespoons of butter, pour it into a ziploc then add a bit of soy sauce and sriracha, then let my pineapple slices hang out while we grill either pork chops or steaks (pineapple is great with steak) and then give them a quick turn on the fire. Amazing.