Everyone’s grandmother or mother has a squash casserole recipe that probably made an appearance at every family get together. I enjoy my mom’s squash casserole, but this version I came up with suits my taste a little more. I’m not a lover of eggs and feel like eggs have no place in squash casserole or cheese and macaroni ... I don’t like that soufflé texture. Another thing I changed with my recipe is I do not pre-cook the squash. This allows for there to be more texture in the casserole instead of just mush. I hope you enjoy this updated version of squash casserole since that crookneck yellow squash is over taking everyone’s garden right about now!

Ingredients:

7 cups sliced squash—do not pre-cook the squash

3 peppers diced- I use a combination of whatever I have in the garden. Right now, I have banana peppers and cubanelles coming out my ears.

4 green onions-diced-green and white part-this is a little milder taste than regular onions

¾ cup sour cream

½ cup mayonnaise

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese-(freshly grated, you know how I feel about pre-shredded cheese)

2 sleeves of Ritz crackers-crushed

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Hot sauce to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13-by-9 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Mix together all ingredients, except for the Ritz crackers.

3. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, pour into prepared baking dish.

4. Sprinkle the crushed Ritz crackers over the top of the casserole.

5. Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes ... you still want the squash to have a little texture to it.

6. Cool for about 5 minutes, then dig in!

Rachel Marion is a lifelong resident of Marshall County and works for Thornton Properties, LLC, in Guntersville as the office manager. She is married to Tom Marion and lives in Arab with their two dogs, Hector and Lola. She has an expansive cookbook collection, follows dozens of food blogs and when she isn’t cooking, she is thinking about cooking. She was raised in a home surround by yummy food made by the loving hands of her grandmother and mother. Nothing says love too her more than filling the bellies of her loved ones and making great memories while doing it.

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