Southern cuisine has always been synonymous with comfort, warmth, and rich flavors. Among its cherished dishes is the Southern Squash Casserole, a delightful blend of tender squash, creamy texture, and a crunchy topping. This casserole is not just a side dish; it’s a celebration of flavors, making it a hit at family dinners, potlucks, or festive gatherings. Whether you’re familiar with Southern cooking or new to it, this recipe promises a culinary experience that lingers.
- For the Casserole:
- 3 lbs yellow squash, sliced or diced (preferably smaller for tenderness)
- 1/2 cup diced Vidalia onion (optional)
- 1 can (10.5 oz.) of cream of mushroom or chicken soup
- 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar recommended)
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- Additional ingredients like mayo, eggs, and salt (quantities not specified in the original recipe)
- For the Topping:
- 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers, crushed
- Butter (quantity not specified in the original recipe, adjust to achieve a moist cracker consistency)
- Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Wash the squash and slice them into small medallions. If the squash is large, dice them into smaller pieces. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the soup, mayo, eggs, cheese, onions, salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until smooth.
- Pour this creamy mixture into the bowl containing the squash, ensuring the squash is well-coated.
- Transfer the squash mixture into a casserole dish, spreading it evenly.
- For the topping, crush the Ritz crackers. This can be done by wrapping them in a dish towel and using a rolling pin or by placing them in a resealable plastic bag.
- In a bowl, mix the crushed crackers with melted butter until the crackers are moist.
- Drizzle this cracker mixture evenly over the squash in the casserole dish.
- Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 30 minutes. This prevents the crackers from burning.
- After 30 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and has a golden-brown topping.
Southern Squash Casserole can be customized to fit your preferences. For instance, you can incorporate a cup of chopped cooked chicken or even 2 cups of cooked rice to turn it into a wholesome meal. No matter how you serve it, this casserole guarantees a burst of flavor in every bite. Enjoyed this recipe? Please share it with friends and family and let us know your unique twists and feedback!