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Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

This creamy southern-style squash casserole reminds me of Sunday dinners in Grandma’s kitchen. It can be made in one large dish to pass around the table, or in individual ramekins to fancy it up. Either way, it’s a cozy and comforting dish!

Southern Squash Casserole

Southern Squash Casserole

When I was a little girl, we traveled cross-country every summer to visit my Grandma Montgomery in West Virginia. She was a sweet little woman who loved to garden and rock on her screened-in porch. She would sit outside watching us with a serene smile, as we played in her expansive yard under the trees.

Grandma Montgomery passed away when I was sixteen, but I still have loving memories of her kneeling in her garden, covered with a floppy sun hat and a linen shirt, sleeves rolled up to her elbows… Or in her apron, cooking comforting garden-fresh dishes.

And always with that same smile of peaceful contentment.

There were several recipes she made that I looked forward to every time we visited.

Some of her specialties were baked ham, creamed corn, green beans with bacon, homemade biscuits, and squash casserole.

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Perfect Southern Recipe

When Lt. Dan and I first moved to North Carolina, I made it my goal to learn southern cooking, as I remembered from my summer travels as a child.

Southern squash casserole was high on the list. I made a point to try it as often as possible, so I could figure out how to recreate this iconic regional dish the way grandma used to make it.

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Easy Squash Casserole Tips

Some southern cooks dice their yellow squash for squash casserole and some slice it thin, so it’s more of a “gratin” dish. Some use day-old bread as the thickening agent and some use crumbled crackers.

After trying many variations, I’ve come up with my own squash casserole recipe that reminds me of grandma’s recipe, yet with a tad more punch.

My squash casserole has a smooth creamy texture, because I pureed the squash and onions into a fine pulp, then added sour cream and sharp aged cheddar.

I also took out all the filler ingredients to get down to the basics of thickening by adding Gold Medal Flour. I always trust the consistency of Gold Medals finely ground flour, and felt it was a much better platform to build on than old crackers or bread.

After adding some herbs and spices for the kick, this creamy, cheesy, thick, and hearty squash casserole was a huge success. Each individual serving is sprinkled with cornbread crumbs, so the top toasts up golden and crispy.

This is the perfect side dish for any hearty comforting meal… and would certainly warm some hearts at your Thanksgiving table this year.

I’m sure grandma would agree!

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How to Make Southern Squash Casserole Recipe 

Ingredients 

  • Yellow Summer Squash 
  • Large Onion
  • Minced Garlic Cloves
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Shredded Aged Cheddar (I used white cheddar)
  • Sour Cream
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Dried Thyme
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Crumbled Cornbread Muffins 

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Prep the Bake – Preheat the oven. Take out ramekins and put them on a baking sheet. 
  2. Prep Ingredients – Roughly chop the squash, onions, and garlic. Then place in the food processor. Pulse until it is ground to a pulp. 
  3. Saute the Squash – Then place a pan on medium-high heat and add some butter. Once melted, add in the squash mixture and saute for about 5 minutes, until soft.
  4. Mix Ingredients – Once done cooking, put the squash in a mixing bowl and add in the shredded cheese, sour cream, flour, salt, and spices. Mix all the ingredients together and then spoon into the ramekins. Sprinkle to the top with some crumbles cornbread pieces.  
  5. Bake – Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the tops of the crumbled cornbread is golden. 

See The (Printable) Recipe Card Below For How To Make Southern Squash Casserole. Enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can this be made in a casserole dish? 

Yes, it can. Place it in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. 

How long does this casserole stay fresh?

If you keep the casserole in an airtight container, in the fridge, it can stay fresh for about 3 to 5 days. 

How do I reheat the leftovers in the oven?

Set the oven at 350 degrees F and bake until it’s warm throughout, approximately 15 minutes.

Can I make this beforehand?

This recipe is best when eaten within the first 24 hours. You can make it a day ahead and reheat if needed.

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Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
This squash casserole recipe reminds me of grandma's recipe, yet with a tad more punch and a smooth creamy texture.
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 yellow summer squash roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 large onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded aged cheddar I used white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Gold Medal Flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 cornbread muffins crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place six 6-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet and set aside. Put the roughly chopped squash, onions and garlic in the food processor and pulse until finely ground into pulp.
  • Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter to the skillet. Pour the squash mixture into the skillet and sauté the squash pulp, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Pour the cooked squash in a mixing bowl, then add the shredded cheese, sour cream, Gold Medal Flour, cornmeal, salt and spices. Mix well and spoon into the ramekins.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled cornbread over the top of each ramekin, then place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the cornbread top is golden and the edges are bubbly. Serve warm. (If making ahead and refrigerating, bake for at least 45 minutes.)

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 319kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 671mg, Potassium: 404mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 730IU, Vitamin C: 18.8mg, Calcium: 257mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier

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43 comments on “Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole”

  1. I used to make a squash casserole similar to this one every Thanksgiving and everyone always raved about it. Mine had a cheese and panko topping but I think the cornbread topping sounds even better. I didn’t use flour in my recipe and it came out very good. Just wondering what the purpose is for it in this recipe if you don’t mind my asking.

  2. I’m totally adding this to my Thanksgiving dinner spread. It sounds fantastic!

  3. I love how comforting it is@!! My kids loved it, too!

  4. Yummy! My family is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try! Looks so delicious and tasty! So excited!

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  7. Could you make this in a casserole dish instead of ramekins?

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  11. Have you tried doing this in a larger casserole dish vs. the ramekins? If so, what would you suggest as far as size and cooking time? Thanks!

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  13. Wow, looks delicious! And something easy enough for me to do too :)

  14. I’ve never had squash casserole, but I have frozen summer squash in my freezer, and now I know just what to do with it!

  15. This is a gorgeous cassarole. You just invented another way I can enjoy my favorite veggie squash.

  16. Scrumptious!!!

    xoxo ~ Shari
    http://www.pinkblotmom.com

  17. These are mouth watering!! The cornbread crumble is perfection

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  19. This looks so good. And that crust–yum!

  20. This looks phenomenal! The cornbread crust is a perfect touch.

  21. ooo, yum, I love the idea of the summer squash in here and that makes it much lower carb for me too!

  22. So comforting, I love the cornbread crust!

  23. I think I’m going to have to change my menu from corn casserole to Squash casserole. Back to the store I go.

  24. This looks fantastic, born and raised in Georgia, this dish is always at our holiday dinner table. I love your variation but could you advise on cooking time if not done in ramekins, that’s not something I keep on hand but I have plenty of casserole dishes. Thanks!

  25. This looks fantastic! Love that cornbread topping!

  26. Love that cornbread topping ~ Makes this casserole extra special!

  27. Cheesy squash – girl, sign me up! Looks amazing!

  28. This sounds and looks like comfort in a bowl! Love!

  29. Another recipe I am just loving!

  30. this looks delicious! can you please send me an invite to your pinterest board Edible Gifts. My board is http://www.pinterest.com/martic/boards/. Thank you!!
    Marti

  31. Oh, this is so getting actioned for the big Turkey Day!! Love!

  32. A shrimp and squash casserole is actually the first casserole I ever made. I Love them and hadn’t made one in way too long!

  33. This casserole sounds really good! Love the crust!

  34. Definitely cosy and comforting! Pinning to try later!

  35. Looks yummy girl! If it has southern in the title it has to be good. Love new ways to try squash. Pinned!

  36. I love the cornbread crust on this!! Definitely need to put this on my weeknight menu sometime soon!

  37. I’ve never had anything like this, it sounds wonderful!

  38. I have never had this before. It looks delicious! I definately need to try it.

  39. Looks delicious, Sommer.

  40. Your grandma sounds like she was the sweetest. I love reading the story behind this dish and I love the recipe!! Cheesy squash sounds so good!

  41. Great side for Thanksgiving!

  42. I love learning about regional specialties as well as ethnic food. One of my friends used to make a squash casserole similar to this but without the cornbread crumbles on top – beautiful!