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May 28, 2021
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Southern Squash Casserole Recipe

This Classic Southern Squash Casserole is a fantastic recipe that loaded with creamy cheesy goodness and a great way to showcase yellow squash.

Served in a cast iron skillet this squash casserole is a great bbq side dish to serve along side your favorite barbecue meats like ribs and pork shoulder.

Making squash casserole is incredibly simple using minimal ingredients but the flavors all blend perfectly together.

What is Southern Squash Casserole?

Basically southern squash casserole is Mac and cheese with squash instead of macaroni.

Its loaded with cheese and milk but its got yellow squash so that makes it healthier right??

The recipe has been a southern staple in restaurants, Church pot lucks and Meat & Threes throughout the south served as a side dish reaching peak popularity in the 1950's

Though classically served with fried chicken, yellow squash casserole can be served with any southern comfort foods form pork bbq to fried catfish

How to Make Souther Squash Casserole

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 Cups Yellow Squash Sliced into 1/4 inch Half Moons
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Dukes Mayonaise
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter Melted
  • 1/4 cup Scallions Sliced
  • 35 Ritz Crackers 1 Sleeve
  • 1 tsp BBQ Dry Rub

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F.
  2. Place sliced yellow squash and the white parts of the scallions (save the green for garnish) in the skillet spray with cooking oil and season with bbq dry rub, toss the squash so evenly coated with seasoning and roast for 25-30 minutes until squash is slightly tender.
  3. Drain off excess liquid in the skillet and let cool for 5 minutes. Blend together Eggs, Milk, Mayo, Melted Butter, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 a sleeve of crushed ritz crackers. Tmixture doesnt need to be pureed it can still have some texture and a few lumps.
  4. Pour Mixture over the squash and stir mixture so its evenly coated. Wipe down the sides of the skillet so the sauce doesnt burn. Top with remaining crushed Ritz Cracker and Shredded cheddar. Spray with cooking oil then Bake for 25-30 Minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  5. Garnish with sliced green scallions and a pinch of bbq dry rub.

Is Squash Casserole Keto?

The recipe in its current form has 8 carbs in it which is fairly low but to make it keto friendly replace the ritz crackers with crushed pork rinds. That will drop the carb count to below 3 grams per serving.

Adding bacon to this squash casserole and using pork rinds can transform this side dish into a keto friendly main course.

Tips for Making Southern Squash Casserole

  • If the squash is soft in the center scoop out the seeds so the casserole doesn't end up watery.
  • Let the casserole rest for 5 minutes before serving. The casserole will be much easier to serve.
  • Top with Crispy Onions for added texture and flavor
  • Sauté a few strips of bacon before roasting the squash, This recipe is vegetarian but we all know bacon would make this yellow squash casserole even better.
  • If yellow squash isn't your thing you can substitute zucchini in this recipe using the same ingredients and cooking instructions

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Classic Southern Squash Casserole

This Classic Southern Squash Casserole is a fantastic recipe that loaded with creamy cheesy goodness and a great way to showcase yellow squash.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 12
Calories 172 kcal

Equipment

  • 8" Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 5 Cups Yellow Squash Sliced into 1/4 inch Half Moons
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter Melted
  • 1/4 cup Dukes Mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup Scallions Sliced
  • 35 Ritz Crackers 1 Sleeve
  • 1 tsp BBQ Dry Rub

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F.
  • Place sliced yellow squash and the white parts of the scallions (save the green for garnish) in the skillet spray with cooking oil and season with bbq dry rub, toss the squash so evenly coated with seasoning and roast for 25-30 minutes until squash is slightly tender.
  • Drain off excess liquid in the skillet and let cool for 5 minutes. Blend together Eggs, Milk, Mayo, Melted Butter, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 a sleeve of crushed ritz crackers. Tmixture doesnt need to be pureed it can still have some texture and a few lumps.
  • Pour Mixture over the squash and stir mixture so its evenly coated. Wipe down the sides of the skillet so the sauce doesnt burn. Top with remaining crushed Ritz Cracker and Shredded cheddar. Spray with cooking oil then Bake for 25-30 Minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Garnish with sliced green scallions and a pinch of bbq dry rub.

Notes

Serving Size 2/3 Cup 

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 215mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 391IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cast Iron, Squash Casserole, Yellow Squash
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Nutrition Facts
Classic Southern Squash Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 391IU8%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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