How to Make a Pineapple Sandwich Like You’re from the South

Don't knock it 'til you try it! The pineapple sandwich is a Southern classic made with mayo and pineapple rings.

Each part of the United States has its own culture and regional foods. I recently learned that baked mostaccioli and Italian beef sandwiches are normally associated with my hometown of Chicago. I thought everyone ate them!

But this time, we’re headed down South to talk about the pineapple sandwich. Never heard of it? Then allow us to guide you through this classic Southern sandwich.

The History of the Pineapple Sandwich

In the early 1900s, growers were exporting pineapple rings from Hawaii to the United States. The pineapple was packed in jars and cans, which allowed people to store it in the pantry instead of having to eat it fresh. While the history of the pineapple sandwich isn’t super clear, the availability of pineapple to more Southern households gave birth to this wondrous foodstuff.

How to Make a Pineapple Sandwich

The recipe for this classic is real simple. The ingredients below are enough to make four sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, divided
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple

Directions

Grab two slices of white bread and smother them in your best mayonnaise. Place your pineapple rings on the bread, close it up and enjoy your pineapple sandwich like a true Southerner.

What Other Southern Sandwiches Should I Know About?

For starters, the fresh tomato sandwich. This combo makes sense: tomatoes thrive in heat and can be found in many Southern gardens. PB&J is a kid-friendly classic everywhere in the United States. But in the South, look out for a peanut butter and mayo sandwich, too. Southerners are known for concocting new foods from whatever’s available, and it’s created some fascinating combos.

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Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.