Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash Casserole

            

This is a tried and true Southern recipe that can be modified by adding meat or rice to it to make it a meal by itself. Chicken or turkey can be added to it, so bring on the leftovers. My daughter loves this recipe. You can mash the squash if you like it that way, but we just cut it into small pieces. Of course, adding onion and other seasonings are always optional. I like to add onion if my kids aren’t eating it since I love it that way!

Looking at this casserole is a bit deceiving. The buttery crushed cracker topping is beautiful, but the real surprise is the yummy squash filling underneath. This squash casserole is cheesy and super creamy. Yellow squash is naturally a tad sweet. Mixed with the savory cheese and soup it’s the perfect combination. Covering the casserole for part of the baking time browns the buttery crackers perfectly.

Cook time: 45 Min  Prep time: 20 Min  Serves: 10-12

Ingredients

3 lb yellow squash, sliced or diced
1/2 c diced Vidalia onion, optional
1 can(s) cream of mushroom or chicken soup, 10.5 oz.
1 c mayonaise
1 egg
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese (sharp is my favorite)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
TOPPING
2 sleeves of Ritz crackers, crushed
1 stick melted butter

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Wash and slice squash into small medallions or dice into smaller pieces if the squash is large. I prefer smaller sized squash since it is tender. Put squash into a large bowl for mixing with the filling.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the soup, mayo, eggs, cheese, onions, salt, and pepper.
4. Pour over squash.
5. Stir until well mixed.
6. Then pour into a casserole dish for baking.
7. Crush crackers while in “tubes” (I usually wrap them in a dish towel to avoid a mess, and use a rolling pin or meat tenderizer) or place in a resealable plastic bag.
8. Pour crushed crackers into a bowl. Melt butter in the microwave and stir into crackers until moist.
9. Drizzle on top of casserole. (You can make more or less of the topping. More topping = more yummy!)

Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash Casserole

10. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly and brown on top (usually 45-50 minutes). Bake for 30 minutes covered. with foil to help prevent crackers from burning.
11. Then uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes until golden brown on top.
12. ***If you want, you can add a cup of chopped cooked chicken into casserole. Also, adding 2 cups of cooked rice into it makes a delish meal.
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