This recipe reminds me of visiting the Dillards House in Georgia. My family has a cabin in Franklin, North Carolina; about twenty minutes from the Dillard House. It is one of my favorite places to eat whenever I visit. Think family style with generous portions of the best homemade Southern dishes you’ve ever had. Every time we would go in the summer they would serve up this buttery summer squash casserole.
This country squash casserole is great for a summer side dish, a cookout, a family dinner, and pretty much any other occasion where you’re feeding a crowd. Another major plus is that it requires just 5 minutes of prep time and only a handful of ingredients.
- 6 small yellow squash, thinly sliced
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 stick of butter, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup water, or more as needed
- 35 buttery round crackers, crushed
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melkt one tablespoon of butter on a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic until fragrant.
Place squash in the skillet and stir to mix with onion and garlic. Pour in water. Cover, and cook until squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well, and place in a large bowl.
Mix cracker crumbs and cheese together in a medium bowl. Stir half of the cracker mixture into the cooked squash and onions.
Mix eggs and milk together in a small bowl, then add to the squash mixture.
Stir in 4 tablespoons of melted butter, and season with salt and pepper. Spread into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cracker mixture, and dot with the remaining butter.
Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, and starting to bubble and the topping is lightly golden brown in color, about 35 minutes. You can also broil on low for the last few minutes to finish browning the panko topping.
Remove from the oven and serve immediately.