Squash Casserole – classic Southern side dish made with sweet yellow squash in a cheesy delicious creamy sauce and topped with buttery crackers. Straightforward, comforting foolproof casserole dish that feeds effectively a crowd or for normal family members dinner!
Southerners adore their veggies with cheese, cream and, of course, butter. They might not be the friendliest one particular for your hips but they are absolutely excellent! This Squash Casserole is just 1 of those comforting side dishes that is enjoyable anytime of the year. You surely won’t mind individuals further excess fat in butter and mayonnaise, following all they’re nevertheless vegetables, appropriate? Okay, great!
What is Yellow Squash?
Yellow squashes are a single of the a lot of fresh summer season make right here in the U.S. Despite the fact that, you can discover them 12 months-round in the grocery retailers, they come in excellent numbers by summer time along with its other squash siblings. Moreover, they have thin somewhat bumpy yellow skin with creamy white flesh and larger seeds. Youthful yellow squashes can be eaten raw with its vegetable sweet taste and can be ready in each sweet and savory recipes.
Can I Change Yellow Squash with Zucchini?
Yes, you positive can. Zucchini, also referred to as as courgette, might not be as sweet as yellow squash but it operates fine for this recipe. Or why not mix them each for a range of colours?
Very first and foremost, both zucchini and yellow squash are two various summer greens with distinct variations.
When Zucchini turns yellow (or as they get in touch with “golden zucchini”), it is often mistaken as a yellow squash. But zucchinis are straight throughout while yellow squashes have body fat bottoms and tapers towards its necks.
Yellow squash can have far more seeds in its flesh in contrast to zucchini.
The two taste mild with a hint of veggies sweetness, although yellow squash is slightly sweeter than zucchini.
How Several Cups Are In A Yellow Squash?
Our Squash Casserole calls for three lbs of squash or about one.three kilos. But keep in mind, yellow squash vary in sizes. For a pound of yellow squash, we’re seeking at about two-three cups which tends to make it close to 6-9 cups all in all.
Do You Peel Yellow Squash?
No, you don’t need to. One particular of the best thing about yellow squash is that you can consume its entirety – skin, seeds, flesh and even its flowers. It is extremely edible! Therefore, you can just clean it in amazing operating water ahead of utilizing it. Rub any dirt spots in its skin making use of your thumb or with damp cloth. Never brush it to clean (like in potatoes) as they are the tender summer time squashes with thinner skins.
How To Make Squash Casserole
Squash Casserole are a staple side dish in meat diners and church suppers. It is a primary vegetarian dish on its own, but also pairs well with just about any protein you could believe (I love it paired with this Southern Fried Chicken). But prior to you proceed in generating this comforting vegetable dish, particularly this coming Memorial Day, please take note of the following:
Get as considerably water as possible when cooking the yellow squash in the pan to avoid a watery casserole.
Don’t overcook the squash or else you’ll have a mushy casserole. Merely stir it often to release the steam and avoid from browning.
If there’s extra water after cooking the squash, you may strain it very first to discard any water and amazing it for about 5-10 minutes just before adding it to the casserole.
Gently fold it in into the casserole so it won’t break into pieces.
Now that you have people few ideas, let’s get going. To prepare this squash casserole:
Cook the Squash. Cook the sliced yellow squash in a skillet with melted butter over medium high heat along with onion, garlic and thyme to boost its flavor.
Put together the Sauce. I adore yellow squash, but personally, the egg, sour cream, mayo sauce is the star of the display that keeps you wanting seconds or thirds of this comforting oven baked casserole. You just have to mix them all collectively in a bowl and you have a delicious mixture to coat the squash.
Combine them. When you’re completed with the sauce, stir the egg mixture into the cooked squash and include in shredded cheddar cheese. Carefully transfer the mixture into the prepared pan or casserole and sprinkle it with buttery crushed Ritz crackers.
Bake. Lastly, pop the casserole into the preheated oven and bake at 350 F for twenty-25 minutes , UNCOVERED, till topping is lightly browned
What Can I Use Rather of Ritz Cracker?
Rather than utilizing Ritz crackers, you can change it with any crackers you have in hand, corn flakes, potato chips, panko breadcrumbs or crumbled croutons. Just make certain to toss it in melted butter (except for potato chips). Got some sliced bread? Then lay them in a baking sheet until finally moisture is gone or dry. Lastly, crumble them and prime it on the squash casserole mixture.