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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Squash Casserole Recipe

Summer is the season of incredible fresh produce, backyard barbeques and creating memories with your nearest and dearest. I have been invited to quite a few get togethers this summer and whenever I ask "Can I bring anything?" I always get the same responses, either the hostess will say "A covered dish would be great," or if the hostess has sampled my signature summer dish she will say "Bring your squash casserole!"

I try to cook healthy foods as often as possible, but there are times when you have to live in the moment and go for what tastes great, what brings you comfort and what your friends and family are all clamoring for. In my case, it is my Squash Casserole. I am excited to share this recipe with you, and I hope that the people you share this sinfully delicious dish with will enjoy it as much as my loved ones do.

Squash Casserole
too much summer squash, using up summer squash, easy vegetable side dish, pot luck dish

For this recipe, you will need:  

*4 medium yellow summer squash, washed and sliced to 1" thickness 
*1 small sweet onion, diced 
*2 cups of heavy cream 
*1 egg slightly beaten 
*1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs 
*2 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
*Salt and pepper to taste 

Begin by boiling the squash slices and diced onion until the squash is soft (About 20 minutes).  Spray a 13x9" casserole dish with non stick cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Drain the water off of the squash and onions, pour them into the casserole and smash it up a little with a wooden spoon. Add the heavy cream, 1/2 of the bread crumbs (3/4 cup), the slightly beaten egg and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and desired amount of salt and pepper. Mix everything up in the casserole dish. Add the remaining bread crumbs to the top. Sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the cheese on the top has lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

While this is definitely not diet food, it is delicious. It makes use of a lovely summer vegetable and offers a taste of undeniable comfort with the heavy cream and cheese. I hope that you will try this recipe and pass it off as your own signature dish! {I give you permission but please call it Sara's Squash Casserole as I stole it from a friend!!}


Jackie said...

Yum!!! It looks like a scalloped potato recipe and I do love that!