Friday, September 6, 2013

Mama's Squash Casserole

Mama's Squash Casserole!

With so much fresh squash available right now, I get a lot of requests for ways to use it all.  This is the squash casserole my mother has been making since I was just a little girl.  It has always been one of our favorites.  This is really good served with Fresh Green Beans with New Potatoes and Bacon.  I can make a meal off of this casserole with fresh green beans and cornbread. 

It's a simple casserole as far as ingredients go.  You probably have them all on hand. This is best made with fresh squash.   Here is what you will need: 

3 cups fresh yellow squash, diced and cooked until tender
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
6 Tbs. butter
3/4 cup sweet onion, minced
1 cup grated cheese (we use Velveeta, but a mild cheddar can be used)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2  1/2 cups saltine cracker crumbs, divided

Drain the cooked squash well.  It should measure 3 cups of squash after it is cooked.  Cook just until fork tender.  Add butter, salt, pepper, and milk.  Mix just until blended.   Add eggs, minced onions, cheese, and 2 cups of cracker crumbs.  Mix together and pour into a casserole dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle the top with the other 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs.  

Place in a 375 degree oven and bake for 40 minutes.  It will should be starting to brown and bubbling around the edges.

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