Southern Eggplant Casserole Recipe (Wyatt's Copycat) - Restless Chipotle (2024)

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This southern eggplant casserole is like the one they served at Wyatt's Cafeteria in the 1970s. It's a simple recipe that's full of cheesy goodness!

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This is a simple side dish for meat or poultry or a satisfying vegetarian dinner that's full of hearty flavor. If you happen to have gotten eggplant in your CSA box this is the absolute best way to use it!

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Table of Contents
  • 🗝️ Key takeaways
  • 🧾 Ingredients
  • 📖Variations
  • 🔪 Instructions
  • Casserole times and temps
  • 🥫 Storage
  • 💭 Things to know
  • 📓 Meal plans in minutes
  • 👩‍🍳 FAQs
  • 📚 Related recipes
  • 🍽️ Serve with...
  • 📞 The last word
  • 📖 Recipe
  • 💬 Comments

🗝️ Key takeaways

  • This is a delicious way to enjoy a very under-used vegetable!
  • This is so good for potlucks because it's easy and unique. Or, serve it as a vegetarian dinner.
  • Don't store or freeze in aluminum - the acids in the casserole will react with it.

Southern eggplant casserole has everything you crave out of a good casserole recipe. It's warm and cheesy, flavorful from the peppers and onions, and, best of all, lets the simple, rustic flavor of eggplant shine.

I love creamy side dish casseroles!

🧾 Ingredients

This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the green recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.

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  • Sautéing the Vegetables—Melted butter adds richness to the casserole, but you can use olive oil if you need to.
  • Veggie Blend—Some people like to add diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, and/or minced garlic for a different flavor and texture.
  • Onion Options—Use your favorite type of onion. White, sweet, Vidalia, or yellow onions are all great choices. I wouldn't use red onions or green onions (except for garnish.)
  • Butter Crackers—If you don't have Ritz, you can substitute another similar brand, like Club crackers.
  • Or, Bread Crumbs—You can also sprinkle bread crumbs on top before baking. If you have some to use up, they'll do the job. However, they don't taste as buttery as the crackers. In that case, you should drizzle a few tablespoons of extra melted butter over top, too.
  • Chedda' is Betta'—Cheddar cheese really complements the flavors of this casserole, but you can experiment with other types too. Adding in a little mozzarella or parmesan cheese might taste nice!

🔪 Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the green recipe card at the bottom of the page.

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  1. Peel and dice the eggplant.
  2. Boil eggplant and saute the onions/peppers. Drain and dry eggplant.
  3. Mix together the veggies and remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Bake until golden brown.

Casserole times and temps

Sometimes you need to bake two things at once - here's how to adjust the time and/or temperatures of your casserole!

These times are only an estimate. Be sure to check your casserole often. It's done when an instant-read thermometer registers 165F when stuck in the middle of the casserole.

TemperatureTimeTime From Frozen
300Fadd 25 minutesadd 25 minutes and multiply by 2
325Fadd 20 minutesadd 20 minutes and multiply by 2
350F30 minutesmultiply by 2
375Fsubtract 5 minutessubtract 5 minutes and multiply by 2
400Fsubtract 10 minutessubtract 10 minutes and multiply by 2

🥫 Storage

Leftovers? No problem! Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for three to four days. Reheat the eggplant casserole in the microwave until it's warmed up again.

Prep in advance

You can prep this eggplant casserole recipe in advance to make dinnertime even easier. Once all the ingredients are in the baking dish, cover it with some plastic and refrigerate for up to twelve hours.


Eggplant casseroles freeze well as long as the eggplant is cooked first! I suggest you freeze this in glass since the acids in it can react badly with aluminum.

Cover with plastic wrap then aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months.

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💭 Things to know

Expert Tip: Drain the cooked eggplant really well to prevent a runny casserole. After boiling, dab the pieces of eggplant with some paper towels to soak up additional moisture.

  • Dice the eggplant as evenly as possible to ensure even cooking!
  • Larger eggplant isn't better. The bigger it is the more of a tendency it has to be bitter.
  • You can quickly pulse the crackers in a food processor a few times to crush them. Or, to prevent having to wash more dishes, place the crackers into a plastic bag and give the bag a few good whacks with a rolling pin. (Just make sure to seal the bag or you'll be cleaning up cracker crumbs for days!)
  • Use a mix of bell peppers if you can. Green peppers are more earthy and red are sweeter, so you'll enjoy a variety of flavors in the casserole.
  • Use a 2-quart casserole dish.

If the green beans look really good at farmer's market or your garden is bursting with them give this loaded green bean casserole a try.

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👩‍🍳 FAQs

How many whole eggplants do you need to equal 5 cups diced?

It depends on the size of the veggie! Two medium-sized eggplants should be good. However, if your garden has provided you with an extra large eggplant, you might be able to get away with just one!

How do you peel an eggplant?

My favorite way (and the method I've found easiest) is to slice off the bottom and top of the eggplant. Then, you can set the eggplant on this flat edge and carefully run the knife down the sides to remove the peel.

Do I need to salt my eggplant before using it?

Not really! If you're used to doing it that way and you have the time, then go ahead. However, today's eggplants actually taste less bitter than they did years ago and the cooking process takes away the rest of it.

You can salt your water before boiling the eggplant, though. Some cooks feel that eggplant soaks up the salt (like pasta!) and helps flavor it for the final dish!

Can you freeze Southern eggplant casserole?

After thawing, the eggplant and cheesy filling tend to taste mushy and watery. I don't recommend freezing.

If you know you'll have a lot of leftovers, you could halve the recipe. Alternatively, consider splitting the eggplant mixture into two smaller casserole dishes before baking.

Then, take the second steaming hot casserole over to a neighbor, friend, or family member who loves eggplant. It's a great way to unexpectedly make someone's day!

What does eggplant taste like?

Eggplant is similar in taste to summer squash, though it's not in the squash family. However, it has the same mild, almost sweet flavor after cooking. In this dish, the eggplant absorbs the other flavors of the cheesy casserole, so using high-quality ingredients matters!

How long does eggplant last?

Whole eggplant is fine at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Once cut it will need to be refrigerated and will last for 3-5 days. Rub with a little lemon juice to keep from browning. Cooked eggplant can be refrigerated 3-5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.

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🍽️ Serve with...

  • Grilled Chicken Breast with spicy bourbon peaches is sweet and smoky! It's perfect with the creamy texture and cheesy flavor of the eggplant.
  • Cheddar and Cracked Black Pepper Dinner Rolls compliment the cheese in the casserole. They are tender, fluffy, and just packed with flavor.
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake makes it all kind of fancy even though this cheesecake is a snap to make!

📞 The last word

This cheesy eggplant casserole has been on my "A" list since I was a little kid. Sometimes I add a little creole seasoning or hot sauce to spice it up but most often I just make it as written.

It's one of my favorite summer casseroles, very comforting. I like all year but good eggplants (or aubergines if you're fancy) are hard to find in the winter.

Try this baked squash casserole recipe next time. It's another favorite.

If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This southern eggplant casserole is like the one they served at Wyatt's Cafeteria in the 1970s. It's a simple recipe that's full of cheesy goodness!

Cuisine American - Southern



Author:Marye Audet-White


  • 5 cups eggplant, about 1 pounds, 5 cups diced eggplant
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup bell peppers, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, for sauteing peppers and onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed divided use
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cup butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Spray a 2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  • Peel and dice the eggplant.

  • Cook peeled, diced eggplant in boiling water until tender.

  • Remove from heat and drain well.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat.

  • Saute the onions and peppers until soft.

  • In a large bowl, combine cooked eggplant, beaten eggs, crushed crackers, milk, shredded cheese, peppers and onions, melted butter, and salt and pepper.

  • Spoon into prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



Store covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • Drain the cooked eggplant really well to prevent a runny casserole. After boiling, dab the pieces of eggplant with some paper towels to soak up additional moisture.
  • Dice the eggplant as evenly as possible to ensure even cooking!
  • Larger eggplant isn't better. The bigger it is the more of a tendency it has to be bitter.

You'll find more helpful tips and variations in the body of the post.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 580mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 862IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

First published Jul 29, 2022. Last updated September 21, 2023,for more information, tips, and editorial improvements.

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  1. Annette Marsh

    Southern Eggplant Casserole Recipe (Wyatt's Copycat) - Restless Chipotle (16)
    My new fave way to fix eggplant! I didn't have crackers so I used panko, which worked, but now can't wait to try with Ritz crackers! We are growing the long Japanese eggplants so that's what I used without peeling them. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.


    • Marye

      So glad you liked it!


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