Canned pineapple. No one ever claimed that's a gourmet ingredient. But it's incredibly useful in the kitchen. A whole fresh pineapple can be tricky to purchase ripe, and takes some time, skill (and muscle) to prepare. (I wonder about the first person to brave the spines and thick skin on that luscious fruit.)
There are several types of canned pineapple: crushed, tidbits, chunks, and rings. I always buy canned pineapple in juice; it doesn't need the sugar in heavy syrup!
I like canned pineapple for its convenience and consistency. Although I love fresh pineapple, there have been many times when I've cut into the fresh fruit only to find it ringed with brown splotches. That's not exactly appetizing.
So buy some cans of pineapple in all of its different guises and enjoy these easy and delicious recipes.
Start With Canned Pineapple
- Sweet and Sour Ground Beef
Canned pineapple is used in most sweet and sour recipes. This easy recipe is a nice change of pace because you use ground beef.
- Pineapple Lamb Chops
Like mint, the strong flavors of pineapple cut through the fatty richness of lamb in a delicious way. This recipe is one of my favorites.
- Carrot Pineapple Freeze
On really hot summer days, this salad makes a perfect breakfast served with a bakery muffin. It's pretty too; very cooling, with its soft colors.
- Pineapple Cake
This scratch sheet cake tastes fresh and sweet. And it's easy to make. It's topped with a cream cheese frosting that adds the perfect finishing touch.
- 24 Hour Salad
Despite its utilitarian name, this salad is luscious. I really should rename it, but I've always called it 24 Hour Salad.
- Gingered Chicken Stew
Pineapple and ginger go together like peanut butter and jelly. Paired with chicken in the crockpot, this recipe is packed with flavor.
- Crab Cakes with Fruit Salsa
Crab cakes are always welcome, of course, but when paired with this sweet and hot salsa, they will fly off the plate.
- Best Carrot Cake
This easy recipe for carrot cake really is the best. Crushed pineapple keeps it moist and adds sweet flavor without a ton of sugar..
- Pineapple Walnut Quick Bread
This recipe makes two large loaves of moist and tender quick bread. It's perfect for breakfast on the run, or a coffee break.
- Sweet and Sour Scallops
Finally, make some scallops with a delicious sweet and sour glaze. If you'd like, you can use shrimp or cubed firm fish, such as halibut, in place of the scallops.