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Summer Squash Casserole – Yes, I am aware it’s winter.

January 5, 2010

Well, we live in the Deep South and you cannot live in the Deep South without having your very own personal recipe for summer squash casserole. I saw some beautiful yellow squash at Whole Foods over the weekend and this is where they ended up.

Dachsie’s Summer Squash Casserole

1 T bacon grease (I cook bacon every few months and then slowly use the grease up until the next bacon feast)
4 medium sized yellow squash, (quarter lengthwise, then 1/2 inch wide)
1/2 cup of chopped white onion (white onions keep better in the pantry)
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 spins of the pepper grinder
6 spins of the sea salt grinder (ours puts out puny amounts)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 sleeve of crushed Club Crackers
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
1/8 cup shredded Parmesan
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

If you own a skillet with a tight fitting lid that can go into the oven, you’re in business.  If not, try to find something with a tight fitting lid and grease a small casserole dish (8×8 or 9×9 should do).
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In your skillet, melt the bacon grease and add your squash, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and chicken broth. Put the lid on and let it steam itself (I let mine go about 8 minutes) to your desired tenderness.
Now if you’re careful, you can crush your crackers in the sleeve, if not, find what works for you to crush them.
If you don’t have an oven safe skillet, now is the time to pull out your casserole dish and move your squash into it.
Combine 1/2 the crackers and half the cheese with your now cooked squash mixture. Mix your eggs and milk then drizzle over your squash mixture.
Top with the remainder of the cheese and crackers and let it go with the lid on till the egg sets, about 15 minutes (depends on skillet/casserole dish size).  Then remove the skillet lid and allow to brown, less than 5 minutes.

I’ll post a picture tomorrow when I find my card reader.  We had this for dinner accompanied by the white bean soup.  Funny aside on that one, do not allow your spouse to substitute mozzarella for parmesan in topping your soup unless you really enjoy watching your spouse try to remove six inch long melted mozzarella strings from his stubble (which was pretty funny).

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