Cheesy Bacon Yellow Squash Casserole

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This cheesy bacon yellow squash casserole is the best way to use this summer vegetable. This casserole recipe makes a great side dish for any meal and is wonderful for potlucks. This yellow squash casserole recipe is good reheated for leftovers. This healthy casserole makes a good lunch idea. Some of the ingredients you will need for the casserole recipe includes yellow squash, bacon, and olive oil. For the full casserole recipe instructions, you will want to take a look at The Southern Lady Cooks site.

The difference between zucchini and yellow squash, besides the color, is in the shape of the vegetables. Zucchinis are typically straight, while yellow squash has a fat bottom and tapers off towards the neck. Yellow squash can also have more seeds inside its flesh. Flavor-wise, both summer squashes are mild-tasting with a hint of vegetable sweetness. The term summer squash encompasses a variety of fresh squash harvested mostly in the summer months. These summer squash varieties can include zucchini, several types of yellow summer squash, and pattypans. These summer squashes should be prepared soon after picking as they begin to perish quite quickly. You'll benefit from their peak flavor within a week of harvest. And if you buy summer squash when they are in their prime, they can last for a couple of weeks or so in your vegetable bin. Winter squash varieties have thicker skins, so they can be cured and then stored for several months.

Ultimately, the maturity of the squash has the biggest impact on the flavor and the texture in all varieties of squash. Large, more mature summer squash varieties produce larger seeds and have more watery flesh than younger squash varieties. Typically, small to medium summer squash of all varieties and different colors offer prime texture along with flavor, whether it be thin, crisp skin and tender, mildly sweet and nutty flesh. Zucchini which is also known as courgette typically has a deep green skin and soft white flesh. Other varieties of zucchini do exist, to include a golden zucchini variety that has a yellow skin and is a bit sweeter than green zucchini. The easiest way to distinguish yellow summer squash, beyond its color, is with its shape. Yellow squash has a fat bottom and tapers towards the neck, whereas zucchini is straight throughout. Some yellow squash varieties can even curve at the neck. You can use the summer squashes interchangeably and, even better, together for a mix of colors. The yellow crookneck summer squash can present thicker, waxier skin and larger seeds, as they are usually left to mature longer to produce the curved neck. For a hearty and healthy squash recipe, you can accentuate the mild flavor of yellow squash by baking it with your choice of tasty toppings to include low-fat cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and some savory seasonings.

Summer squash is available in crookneck or straight neck varieties, with either smooth or lumpy skin. Yellow summer squash is a squash that is low in calories and high in potassium, beta carotene and vitamin C. When choosing your summer squash you want to look for small, firm, bright yellow squash with a length of about eight inches or less, as large. As mature summer squash tends to be dry and more stringy. Summer squash can also be grated or sliced into summer salads with fresh herbs and vegetables, and a homemade salad dressing recipe. This is just one of the casserole recipes you will find on The Southern Lady Cooks site. On the site, you will find casserole recipes, healthy casseroles, bacon recipes, main dish recipes, side dish recipes, dessert recipes and so much more. **

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