Try Summer Squash In Your Tuna Casserole For A Unique Burst Of Flavor

It's undeniable that squash has a special place in our kitchen (and heart) when fall rolls around, but let's not forget about all the wonders that summer squash has to offer. With a mildly sweet taste and nutty undertones, summer squash offers just enough flavor to enhance a dish without completely overwhelming it. From fritters, pasta, and lasagna to baked goods, this vegetable is a hidden gem that elevates everyday dishes and transforms them into true seasonal delights.

The case is also true with tuna casseroles. While summer squash, tuna, and cheese may sound like an odd combination, it's one that's definitely worth trying. The vegetable's light, pleasant notes pair surprisingly well with the tuna's briny, savory taste and the cheese's tanginess, giving the dish a subtle layer of extra flavor. When baked together, they unfold into a golden, hearty mixture that melts decadently onto the taste buds. Plus, summer squash adds a tender-crisp texture that's quite fun to bite into, especially when contrasted by the cheese's stringy creaminess.

Helpful tips for adding summer squash to your tuna casserole

Summer squash is relatively easy to work with, but it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeves for the best result when cooking them. The first thing to consider is their high water content, which could lead to the casserole turning out watery. This can easily be fixed by lightly salting the squash slices, then letting them sit on a paper towel for 30 minutes to draw out the water. Don't forget to gently dab away any excess moisture before adding them to the baking pan as well. If you're still worried about the vegetable turning mushy during the baking process, we also recommend leaving the skin on to hold the flesh together and keep the texture intact.

While zucchini and yellow squash are some of the most common choices for casseroles, don't be afraid to branch out and try new varieties. Patty pan squash, straightneck squash, chayote squash, and zephyr squash are some great alternatives that would fair well in baked dishes. Each variety has its own unique taste and texture, so you can have some fun testing them out. Better yet, combine a few and see where the flavor journey takes you.

And finally, don't forget to top your tuna casserole off with a layer of breadcrumbs. It may not seem like much, but this is the secret to that crispy top crust that makes the dish look and taste a lot more irresistible.