When you marry a southerner, you learn to cook like a southerner!! This classic southern squash casserole is a typical vegetable dish smothered in butter, cream and cheese just the way they prefer it. Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping (and yes, Ritz is the best)… people will be going for seconds and thirds! Treat your family this holiday season with this yellow squash soufflé-ish dish, which pairs wonderfully with that giant turkey meal, or just a regular weekend fried chicken feast.
The last few years I have been trying to learn all the southern favorites that my husband grew up on. As they say, the way to your man’s heart is through his stomach. I can vouch for that big time, it’s been working great for the last 7 years or so. My first taste of this Southern Squash Casserole came in one of our favorite spots in the Golden Isles of Georgia. I remember it came in small individual ramekin like bowls, and one spoon into that cheesy squashiness and I said “how can your regular vegetable get to that level of yum??” My husband just said “welcome to the South.”
This is a dish you will find in those small little diners or at any of those family get togethers like Thanksgiving, Christmas or just a summer potluck. It’s everybody’s favorite!
Like so many holiday side dishes, it’s pretty quick and simple to put together. All you have to do is cook the yellow squash a little, make the cream sauce, marry them together in your casserole dish, put on a crumbly topping and bake it. Sound easy? First, a few tips to ensure you end up with a mighty tasty dish on your table:
Tips for perfect Southern Squash Casserole
Tip #1: It’s very important to get as much liquid out of the squash during the initial cooking as possible to prevent a watery casserole. Remember, these squash have a very high water content, so when you sauteé them discard the liquid from the pan. To make sure most of it is gone, rest the sauteéd squash in a colander for 10 minutes to drain out any remaining liquid.
Tip #2: Slice your squash evenly and don’t overcook it. Avoid browning them. You just need to make them a little bit soft, otherwise you may end up with a mushy casserole.
Tip #3: Try to stick with Ritz crackers, they are super buttery.
Tip #4: Gently fold the sauce mixture in your sauteéd squash as you don’t want to break the squash up.
Ingredients for Southern Squash Casserole
- Yellow Squash – the base for your dish.
- Onions – because they go in everything.
- Mayo, Sour Cream, Egg, Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese – the sauce!
- Butter – mandatory for holiday casseroles!
- Ritz crackers – for the crunchy topping.
- Salt and Pepper – for taste.
How to make Southern Squash Casserole
Melt some butter in a skillet and sauteé chopped onions until translucent. Add sliced squash and sauteé with salt and pepper until a little soft, not mushy.
Prepare the creamy sauce by folding together sour cream, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, egg, salt and pepper.
Add sauce to squash and gently stir until mixed.
Crush Ritz crackers and mix with 2 Tbsp melted butter. Spread this mixture over the top of your casserole.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes uncovered until your casserole is a little bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.
Can I make Southern Squash Casserole ahead of time?
Absolutely! This casserole is very holiday friendly, as it freezes great. You can make it few days back, minus the Ritz crumble. Take it out to thaw the day before eating and leave in the fridge overnight. Add the Ritz topping right before baking. Voila, one dish you don’t have to put much effort into on the big day!
We always have these squash a plenty in our refrigerator. Try this casserole one of these days. You can do the same with zucchini or mix and match with both. If you want a complete, one-pot meal, how about adding some shredded rotisserie chicken along with sauce. Brilliant, isn’t it?? Let me know if you try this for your special Turkey spread this year, or for a regular weeknight meal with my shredded chicken idea!! I would love to hear from you, come and say hello in my comment section. And if you haven’t already, subscribe to GypsyPlate for so much more to come!
Southern Squash Casserole, on my Gypsy Plate… Enjoy!
- 2.5 lbs yellow squash, sliced
- 1 c chopped onion
- 1/4 c mayonnaise
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 c parmesan cheese
- 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 Tbsp butter, divided
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Melt 2 Tbsp butter in sauteé pan. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add squash slices and cook with salt and pepper until they are just soft, but not mushy.
- Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, eggs, cheeses, salt and pepper together for the sauce.
- Add sauce to squash and gently stir until mixed. Transfer to 2.5 qt casserole dish.
- Melt remaining butter. Crumble Ritz crackers in a bowl and then stir in butter. Spread mixture evenly over casserole.
- Place casserole in pre-heated oven and bake 20-25 minutes, until slightly bubbling and cracker topping is nicely browned.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 430Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 143mgSodium 865mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 14g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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