This yellow summer casserole is a favorite all year round, great for family meals during the summer but also popular for holiday dinners, especially in the South.
You can use yellow summer squash or make the casserole with zucchini or another type of summer squash. It's a great way to use zucchini or summer squash when you are enjoying nature's bounty from your garden.
Zucchini and summer squash are some of the easiest vegetables to grow, which is why it is so plentiful during the summer months. You'll need plenty of recipes to use it if this is your situation. If one of your tactics is to attempt to share them with friends, family, and co-workers, include a link to this recipe.
- 2 cups yellow summer squash, sliced
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup melted butter, divided
- 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
- salt and pepper
- Slice the summer squash and add the squash to a saucepan. Cover with one inch of water. Heat on medium high heat until it is cooked and tender, adding more water as necessary to keep it from sticking on the bottom of the pan.
- Drain the squash and mash it.
- Butter a 1 to 1 1/2-quart casserole. Heat the oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, blend the mashed squash with mayonnaise, chopped onion, beaten egg, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and the 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared casserole.
- Top the casserole with the remaining 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
- Toss the bread crumbs with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter; spread over the casserole.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
- Serve hot.
This casserole is a good side dish combining a starch and vegetables to serve with a meat entree, especially chicken. If you're serving fried chicken, roasted chicken, or grilled chicken breast, it will pair very well. It will also pair well with grilled or baked fish, including salmon. A fresh green salad will complement the meal.
Variations include adding chopped red peppers or green peppers with the onion, adding a little color as well as their flavor. You can spice it up by adding chilies as well.