Brown sugar roasted pineapples are a sweet, tangy side dish. Loaded with brown sugar and crunchy pecans, this fruit recipe is a flavor and texture explosion. Your family will beg you to make these baked pineapples over and over again!
Do you ever watch Bob Ross paint? You know how he says, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents?” Well, that’s kind of what this roasted pineapple recipe is.
It’s happy accident that came about when I unearthed a Costco sized can of pineapple chunks in my pantry.
I have no idea where it came from, but I hate to waste food so I knew I had to do something with it.
With Easter on the horizon, I figured I could make some sort of side dish to go along with baked ham.
Baked Ham and Pineapple: A Match Made in Hawaii?
Baked ham and pineapple are an American classic. You always see the combo of a beautiful ham topped with pineapple rings and shiny red marachino cherries as the centerpiece of holiday tables.
But did you know that this combination didn’t catch on until 1920s when a round up of pineapple recipes appeared in recipe booklets put out by the Hawaiian Pineapple Packers Association to help get pineapple into more kitchens?
Around this time, Hawaiian tourism started to catch on. Pig roasts were a popular tourist experience.
The pineapple growers and packers used this to their advantage.
Couldn’t afford a trip to the tropics? No problem! Get a taste of the tropics at home with ham and pineapple.
The marketing spin worked and the combination caught on. And held on!
It’s still a popular choice to this day- 100 years later.
More Versatile than Ham and Pineapple! The Perfect Side for Any Meat
While ham is the most obvious pairing for these brown sugar roasted pineapples, they pair so well with so many other dishes.
I love them with almost any grilled meat or poultry.
They are especially good with spicy chicken like these bang bang chicken kabobs or steak. The sweetness balances out the spiciness in dishes like that.
How to Make Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapples
Tips and Tricks to Make Delicious Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapple
- Make sure to use pineapple chunks- not rings or tidbits.
- Don’t skip spraying your baking dish with nonstick spray. If not sprayed, the caramelized sugars will cause the pineapples to stick to the dish.
- Stir regularly while the pineapple bakes to make sure it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn.
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Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapples
- 5 cups chopped pineapple or one large pineapple cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup salted butter melted
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Lightly spray a 9x13" baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Spread the pineapple chunks out evenly in a single layer. Pour the pineapple juice out over top of the pineapples.
- In a small mixing bowl add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together until evenly combined. Sprinkle the seasoned flour mixture evenly out over the pineapples. Gently toss them to coat.
- Spoon the melted butter evenly out over top of the pineapples.
- Bake the pineapples at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the pineapples are golden and caramelized with the brown sugar.
- Remove the pineapples from the oven, and let them rest for 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!