Desiree Daniels’ Southern Summer Squash Soufflé Recipe


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“What I love about this recipe is that the squash is the star of the show. Herbs bring out flavor without overpowering, and the cheese gives it a smooth texture that contrasts crunchy panko. This can easily be made gluten-free by subbing the breadcrumbs with a gluten-free alternative.”

squash souffle

Desiree Daniels’ Southern Summer Squash Soufflé

Desiree Daniels
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10 Servings


  • 6-8 medium yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup 4% cottage cheese
  • ½ cup mayonaise
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dill (fresh or dried), to taste
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted


  • Wash and slice squash. Depending on the size of the squash, you may want to halve some of the slices, but do not cut too small.
  • Parboil squash on stovetop in salted water until just tender. Be careful not to overcook. Drain thoroughly.
  • To the squash, add finely chopped onion, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, and eggs. Fold mixture together and season with salt, pepper, and dill to taste. 
  • Transfer squash mixture to a medium-sized baking dish. Mix panko crumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over the squash mixture. 
  • Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes until brown and bubbly.
Keyword souffle, squash, squash souffle, summer

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