Monday, July 26, 2010

Squash Casserole (and some other country goodies)

My cousin gave me some beautiful yellow squash, as well as banana and jalapeño peppers from her garden the other day. I decided to do a little country dinner with the bounty. I would hardly consider the squash casserole a 'light' dish, but I think I managed to make it somewhat lighter than the sour cream, mayonnaise and cream of mushroom laden recipes I came across online.

For the squash casserole:
aprox 4 cups cubed yellow squash
1/2 cup onion
1-2 Tbsp butter
1 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used 2% in my quest for semi-lighter fare)
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
aprox 1 cup crumbled crackers, divided (I used ritz-type)
salt and pepper
Braggs seasoning

Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet and add squash, onion, and seasonings. Sauté until soft. Add butter to skillet and turn off heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese and 1/2 of the crackers. Pour squash mixture into lightly oiled 2 quart baking dish. Beat the egg and milk together and pour over the top of the squash. I prepared it to this point while Graham was napping, then closer to dinner time I topped with remaining crackers and cheese and baked at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. It was great...really sweet and not too heavy.

I served it with some skillet black eyed peas, corn bread and sliced ripe summer tomatoes. For the black eyed peas: I diced up a few of the afore mentioned banana peppers, 1/2 a green pepper, and the other half of the onion I'd used for the casserole. Threw that in warm olive oil and cooked until soft. I put in a can of black eyed peas, salt, pepper and a little bit of ground coriander. I added a diced tomato and let it warm up until most of the liquid was evaporated. I also added 1 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice. I like rice with my black eyed peas, plus there is a school of thought that the rice and legumes makes a complete protein. They don't necessarily have to be eaten at the same time, but since I like it that way, it works. It was a great little country dinner, but it did take a LOT of dishes!

1 comment:

  1. This looks really good. I never know what to do with yellow squash!