Southern Squash Casserole is loaded with tender sauteed yellow squash, cheddar, Parmesan, and sour cream, then topped with buttery cracker crumbs and baked for a delicious, comforting side dish!
I’ll be the first to admit that yellow summer squash has never been my favorite of the stereotypical Texas garden harvests. However, seeing as how my in-laws have a glorious and abundant stereotypical Texas garden, we end up with lots of it every summer. I like zucchini and have come up with numerous yummy ways to cook (and bake) it…but when it comes to yellow squash, I usually either roast it with salt and pepper or — more often than not — I simply grate it up to hide in dinner and no one is the wiser <insert evil cackle>.
But all of that changes with this recipe! Southern Squash Casserole is not only downright tasty, but it’s my new favorite way to
choke down actually enjoy yellow squash. And how could it not be delicious? Sliced squash is sauteed and steamed with salt and pepper until tender. Then it’s broken down with a potato masher and mixed with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and egg to a creamy consistency. The resulting mixture is spread into a baking dish and topped with crushed crackers, Parmesan, and a drizzle of butter. Finally, it’s baked until golden and bubbly and…shazam! A summer squash side dish that the whole family will scarf down.
This casserole smelled so good while baking that none of my kids even guessed that it contained squash. I considered it a win when my 3-year-old (who typically balks at trying new things) conceded to taste a bite, and my 6-year-old ended up truly loving this recipe. But the real test came when my (lifelong-squash-disliking) husband got home and polished off a hearty portion…he actually liked it, too!
The only critique that this recipe received from the kids was that they would have enjoyed it more if the squash was totally smooth and pureed. I actually enjoyed the subtle texture in the casserole that was achieved by hand-mashing…but next time, I may try blending the cooked squash in the food processor for a few seconds to give the kids’ requested consistency at try.
If you’re looking for a family-pleasing way to cook up some yellow squash this summer, I hope you’ll give this Southern Squash Casserole a try! Because let’s be honest here…even squash haters are likely to be swayed by cheese, sour cream, and cracker crumbs. 😉
Adapted from Food Network
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