In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes my mom ever shared with me! I may be a little biased, but I believe my mom is one of the best cooks to ever walk this earth! Seriously, Paula Dean, Wolfgang Puck and Rachel Ray have got nothing on her! This recipe in particular is one my family has enjoyed for many years now! You’ll typically find it on our table during holidays, but I have started making it just because on any give day of the week! Whenever I bring it to a gathering outside of our house it is always a hit, and I have yet to have left overs after the fact to take back home with me! Another reason I think I love it so much, my mom has always treated it like a side dish that we eat with dinner as opposed to a dessert (for some reason when I bring it to parties or pot lucks it is always treated like a dessert). So how’s that for something so sweet to count as one of your daily servings of fruits and veggies (with the option of still having something extra for dessert after)!!! It’s a win win if you ask me! Now had she only made this dish when we were kids, I could have skipped the green beans!
For this recipe you will need:
One Pineapple **you can use a whole pineapple and peel and core it yourself (like my mom does) or you can cheat and get the one already peeled and cored from the grocery store fresh section (like I do!)**.
One Whole Stick of Butter (Paula Dean would be proud!)
½ Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
½ Teaspoon of Cinnamon
To start, preheat your oven to 325*. While you’re waiting on the oven to get hot you can start preparing the pineapple.
First cut up your pineapple. I like to cut my pineapple up into about 6 wedges and then I cut those wedges up into smaller (almost) bite size pieces. When my mom makes it, she quarters hers up with the husk still on, then separates the pineapple from the husk, but puts the pineapple in the dish with the husk to help keep the yummy brown sugar buttery goodness close to the pineapple (I hope I explained that in a way that made sense! Think of it as the husk cradling the pineapple in the dish.). I’m not good at determining whether or not a whole pineapple is ripe enough yet, and honestly, the prickly outside is a bit frightening, so I stick with the pre-preped one!! I also typically just do my cutting in my dish so I don’t have to dirty a cutting board, and when I finish cutting it up into smaller bite size pieces, I don’t have to worry about moving it (since I don’t have the husk to cradle it as I move it to my baking dish)!
Next cut up your butter. Once cut, toss the butter in a microwave safe cup or bowl. I like using my Pyrex measuring cups for this. Not only are they microwave safe, but I can mix everything up in it, and it will be easier to pour over the pineapple later! Put your butter in the microwave to melt it. Be careful not to overheat your butter. It typically takes less than a minute for me to melt my butter, and I usually stop it halfway through to stir it.
While you’re butter is melting, go ahead and measure out one half of a cup of dark brown sugar and add your half teaspoon of cinnamon. When the butter has melted, pour it over your brown sugar and cinnamon and mix it all together. When you have it all mixed up it’s time to pour it over your pineapple!!! Try to distribute it evenly over your pineapple.
When the yummy sauce has been poured over your pineapple and the oven is hot, it’s time to put it in the oven to cook! You want to cook it for about 25-30 minutes to get it nice and tender! I typically set a timer and forget it until the timer beeps to let me know it’s done! When you pull it out of the oven, your pineapple will be sitting in a small pool of the yummy sauce and pineapple juices.
And that’s it!! A simple and easy recipe, but a final result that is extra delicious!! There’s not much prep time, and once it’s cooking, there really isn’t any need to check on it! Just let it cook, and when it’s done, take it out of the oven and enjoy! It’s best to eat it while it’s fresh from the oven, but be careful, because it will be hot!!!
Has your mom ever shared a great recipe with you? Is there something she makes that you can just eat over and over again?
I’d love to hear all about it!!!