Pineapple Cheddar Pie

Have you ever heard of Pineapple Casserole? Well, it is a must at every holiday get-together in my family. This pie was an attempt to replicate the beauty that is Pineapple Casserole in full-blown dessert form. This is pure dessert-y goodness, with a crust and streusel topping and everything. (When in doubt, give it a streusel topping.)

As I sat in the kitchen, wondering how I could make this less like a casserole and more like a dessert, I instantly thought of pie.
It has a wonderfully sweet and savory crust, much like a cheddar sugar cookie {stick with me here}. Then comes the traditional sharp cheddar and pineapple filling. It is topped with a delicious and slightly crunchy Parmesan cornmeal streusel instead of the traditional Ritz Crackers. This pie received full approval from my family-- all of them [even the dog...]; so if you have never tried pineapple casserole, and this sounds strange, I implore you to make it. You will not be disappointed. It is absolutely delicious and I hope it will soon become a family favorite in your home as it is in mine.





Oh, and... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! (Speaking of Thanksgiving...) Something to keep in mind: During this time of Thanksgiving, we hear so much about being thankful for all of the blessings that God has given us. This is an absolutely wonderful thing to do; in fact, Scripture tells us that we should give thanks to God for His blessings for us.
However, we are not merely supposed to thank God for His blessings; we are supposed to thank God simply for Who He is.
Think about Job: if you would have asked him at a certain point in his life, it probably would have been quite difficult for him to have given you a list of material things to thank God for. His children were gone, his cattle was gone, his riches were gone; it seemed that everything had been taken from him. However, he could have joyously celebrated Thanksgiving (figuratively) just as gladly as any of us today with our abundance of turkey, football, and family. 






























Just as Job did, we should not just look for our thankfulness in God's tangible blessings; we should be thankful to Him purely because of Who He is. His majesty and glory and power alone is enough to be thankful to Him. God Himself is worthy of all glory and all honor and all praise, no matter what He decides to give us on earth. God's distribution of gifts to His children does not determine His goodness. He is good; He defines the word "good." He is the very reason we even know what "good" is, and that alone is enough to be thankful such a great and mighty God. All that God has blessed us with is amazing, but even if God were to never give us another blessing, we should still be thankful to Him. (I am preaching to myself now.)
So what I am trying to say, is that during this time, we need to look past the material blessings that God has lavished us with, and look to the pure essence of God's goodness and holiness-- which we should be so thankful for.

And with that, I give you... Pineapple Cheddar Pie!


Pineapple Cheddar Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 stick (8 Tbs.) butter, salted [softened]
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Filling:
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, reserve 1/3 cup of juice
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbs. all purpose flour
2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
pinch salt

Streusel:
4 Tbs butter, softened
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 Tbs white sugar
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup oats
1/4 tsp. salt


Directions:

1. To make the crust, mix together the softened butter, sugar, and salt.
2. Add the flour and the cheese
3. Bake in a 350F oven for 12 minutes.


4. While the crust is baking, mix together the filling:
     drain all of the juice in the pineapple can except 1/3 cup of juice.
5. Pour the reserved juice in a large bowl.
6. Add the egg yolks, salt, sugar, and flour to the juice.
7. Stir in the pineapple tidbits and cheese.

8. For the streusel, mix together the softened butter, flour, cornmeal, oats, salt, Parmesan, and sugar.
9. Pour the filling in the pre-cooked pie crust and sprinkle the streusel on top.

10. Bake in a 350F oven for 35-40 minutes or until the center is almost set (until the center is barely jiggly when you shake it slightly)

11. Take the pie out of the oven and let it cool for at least an hour.
12. Enjoy!



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