Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Paula Deen's Squash Casserole


***In my opinion, side dishes don't get much better or certainly...comforting!...than a cheesy casserole. This recipe has comfort food written all over it...After all, what Paula Deen recipe doesn't? Plus, this dish is super easy!

Squash is one of Brad's favorite veggies, and we recently came across some beautiful, fresh squash at a local store. I couldn't help but grab some up! I found this recipe by Paula online, and I knew it sounded fabulous. I didn't have the exact ingredients on-hand, but I made some substitutes that ended up being perfect (my changes are in orange below). For example, instead of sour cream, I used mayonnaise...Plus, I changed the amounts and varieties of cheeses just a little bit. One of my favorite cheeses recently is a scrumptious Gruyere...I have yet to taste something with Gruyere in it that I didn't love. It added a wonderful taste to this casserole and a divine depth of flavor.

This recipe is sure to remind you of your Grandmother's cooking...it's THAT good! This is also a recipe that you'll go back to time and time again...I can definitely see it making a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving spread this year.

Bon Appetit!!***

Ingredients:
6 cups large diced yellow squash and zucchini
Vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream (I used mayonnaise instead)
1 teaspoon House seasoning, recipe follows
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup crushed butter crackers (recommended: Ritz) (I had to use bread crumbs)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Saute the squash in a little vegetable oil over medium-low heat until it has completely broken down, about 15 to 20 minutes. Line a colander with a clean paper towel. Place the cooked squash in the lined colander. Squeeze excess moisture from the squash. Set aside.

In a medium size skillet, saute the onion in butter for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and mix all ingredients together except cracker crumbs. Pour mixture into a buttered casserole dish and top with cracker crumbs. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

7 comments:

Half Baked said...

Mmmmm that's my kinda casserole!

Christy said...

Goodness that looks delicious!! (said with my best Paula Deen imitation!) :-)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

You can never miss with cheese...lol

Maryanna said...

I've had this before, and it is soooo good. It reminds me of lunches and dinners at my grandmother's house.

Kevin said...

This sounds nice and sweet and creamy and so good!

Ciber said...

I've been following your blog for quite a while and enjoying your wealth of good recipes. When Foodista announced that they are going to publish the best food blogs in a full color book that will be published by Andrews McMeel Publishing Fall 2010, I naturally thought of you. This recipe would be a good submission! You can enter here: http://www.foodista.com/blogbook/submit

Cheers,
Melissa

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Editor and Community Developer
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Anonymous said...

This looks delish and want to make for Thanksgiving but it doesn't say how many servings?