Sliced squash baked in a cheesy cream sauce and topped with crunchy crumbly crackers – this yellow squash casserole is a staple of Southern cooking! Pumpkin Casserole is one of those dishes that becomes an instant fan favorite. Stir it up for a hearty Sunday dinner, or take it to potlucks or family gatherings. In Southern cuisine, vegetables are often served with cream, cheese, and butter. Hey, is there a better way to enjoy vegetables? ! Zucchini is a wonderful base for this dish, and it pairs perfectly with a delicious Ritz cracker and cheese topping. This is our favorite part of this dish! We don’t blame you if you return seconds or thirds.
How many cups is yellow squash?
This type of vegetable comes in various sizes, and different varieties come in different sizes. Crookneck, straight neck, and patty pan are all types of yellow squash. Especially garden-picked pumpkins tend to be very large! You’d better measure your squash in pounds. For example, 1 pound of pumpkin should provide about 3 cups of pumpkin. Our Yellow Squash Casserole calls for 3 lbs.
Yellow Squash vs Zucchini vs Zucchini:
You’ll often see these types of squash used interchangeably. So, what is the difference between these vegetables? Zucchini refers to the Zucchini family to which both zucchini and yellow varieties belong. In other words, zucchini and yellow squash (along with pie plates and zucchini) are zucchini. In terms of flavor, the taste is similar, but yellow is slightly sweeter than zucchini.
Can I use zucchini instead of yellow squash?
Yes, you can! Again, zucchini isn’t as sweet, but you can still substitute it in any recipe that calls for the yellow variety, especially appetizers like this yellow squash casserole.
Other alternative ideas:
This recipe is naturally vegetarian, but it does use a lot of dairy – so not vegan-friendly. Feel free to replace all dairy (sour cream, eggs, butter, and cheese) with your favorite plant-based foods. You can also make your zucchini casserole lighter by using the low-fat option.
You can also try making this yellow squash casserole with frozen sliced squash, but be aware that you may end up with a soggy casserole due to the added moisture. Avoid this by draining excess liquid from the skillet before combining the vegetables with the rest of the filling ingredients.
Troubleshooting: Do I have to put Ritz crackers on top?
Ritz biscuits are butter biscuits that melt in your mouth. Feel free to use generic brands for the same thing. If you can’t find a Ritz or generic version, substitute regular saltine crackers in your zucchini casserole.
We already mentioned that you can serve this dish as a vegetarian main course. But if you decide to serve it as a side dish, what should it be served with? Here are some of our favorite ideas: