Squash casserole is an enduring favorite at Southern potlucks. I know that I ate plenty of the stuff growing up, but it was mostly because the flavor of the squash was covered up by ungodly amounts of cheese and butter. These days, I prefer actually tasting my vegetables. Luckily, Nathalie Dupree's version in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking contains enough squash, onion, and peppers to taste more of summer produce than bulk cheese.
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The ingredient list for Matt and Ted Lee's cheese spread reads almost like a 2nd grader's cafeteria prank. Cheese, ketchup, worcestershire, horseradish, Tabasco, and beer—how could that taste good? Yet this recipe, from their new cookbook The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, is one of those magical recipes that just works. The balance of tart, spicy, sweet, and malty is totally on point, making for a dip so multilayered that it's impossible to stop eating.
Goldfish are second only two my beloved White Cheddar Cheez-Its, so it would be a shame to skip such an easy recipe for the homemade version.
Savory, cheesy, with a hint of heat, these Old Bay Corn Muffins are just begging to accompany a plate of shrimp and grits.
Notes: I have 2-waffle iron, with relatively deep grooves. I pour 1 heaping 1/4 cup of batter into each square. Recipe should yield 8 waffles. Waffle recipe adapted from Bon Appétit Ham and Cheese Waffles. Welsh rarebit must be served...