Cheesy Squash Casserole

Are you ready for my first squash of the season, because I sure am!

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This beautiful squash was purchased during one of my recent Reading Terminal trips. 

For this meal I called upon the power of twitter to provide me with an awesome butternut squash recipe. I asked and twitter answered!

My inspiration for the meal was based on – Paula Deen’s Cheesy Squash Casserole – Yum!

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I made a few changes here and there, but followed the bulk of the recipe provided.

Step one – peel the squash. I don’t think I have ever technically peeled a squash like this before, but the vegetable peeler did the job great!   

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I love the bright orange/yellow color inside the squash.

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Without the skin, ready to be sliced and diced.

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I sliced the squash in half and embraced the orange. 

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I used my melon baller to scoop out the guts of the squash.

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It worked like a charm!

Side Note: Preheat oven to 350* while chopping up the veggies!

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Then I got to cubing up my squash.

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To do the cutting I used my favorite knife, the New West Knife.

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Ingredients for Cheesy Squash Casserole

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cauliflower, cut
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 handful of crackers, crushed medium to fine

Serves 4-6

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After cutting everything up I sautéed all the veggies until soft. 

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While I was getting my cook on, I had myself a little brewski. Remember when I went to the Dogfish Head brewery a few weeks ago? Good times, good times! Any other Punk fans out there?

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I knew the dish was ready for the next step when the butternut squash was very soft and mushy. I then transferred the dish to a mixing bowl to add the parmesan, cheddar and yogurt – as well as salt and pepper to taste.

Then I transferred everything to my Dutch oven, which I used as a casserole dish without the top to go into the oven. 

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It was orangey yellow and just beautiful pre-oven!

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Then I crunched up 2 handfuls of crackers and sprinkled it on top.  

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The crackers added a little CRUNCH!

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Into the oven it went! Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.

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It came out pure perfection!

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I am sort of obsessed with my addition of the cauliflower. Mixed with the butternut squash it was so tasty!

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This dish was amazing. It was the perfect combination of savory and sweet. The butternut squash gave it a hit of sweetness and the rest of the veggies kept the flavors more calm and the crackers gave it a little crunch action!

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It might be one of my new favorite butternut squash recipes! Thank you so much to my twitter friend who suggested this!

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What’s your favorite butternut squash recipe?

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12 Comments

  • Reply Becky September 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have a butternut squash and cauliflower from Saturday's trip to the farmer's market. How fitting!

  • Reply Kelly Anne September 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I am a huge fan of both Punk and having a brewski while cooking! That recipe looks delish!

  • Reply Charm City Kim September 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    holy crap – that looks amazing! I'm def. going to have to try that this weekend.

  • Reply Emily Malloy September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yum! Looks divine!

  • Reply Ashley September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    That looks amazing! Will definitely have to make it!

  • Reply jessicavogel September 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I LOVE pumpkin beers. I saw that particular one at TJ's the other night, and I might have to pick it up tonight after work.

  • Reply kristastes September 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I love this recipe I made up using butternut squash…I made it again last night 🙂 http://kristastes.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/holy-moly-philly-marathon-and-butternut-squash-coconut-curry/

  • Reply ladypurpl September 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Looks yummy! I need to make that recipe too!

  • Reply stampylisa October 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    mmm looks delish!! I like to peel mine & dice too, then I roast it in the toaster oven, and make a pot of brown rice, then I put the squash, brown rice in a bowl and top it with torn up bits of raw kale. then drizzle w/honey and coconut oil. it's delish and I get the raw kale, but not so much of the kale-y bitterness, cause it's cut w/the honey & squash. makes it more palatable.

  • Reply runeatdatesleep.com December 1, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I just made this tonight. It's delicious!

    Being from Delaware, I love all things Dogfish, especially the Punkin Ale. I actually ran down Rehoboth Ave next to Dogfish last Sunday on my long run. Love that place!

  • Reply Jessica March 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Just gave this a go – delicious! My hubby and I are not big fans of cauliflower but in this dish it was awesome – thanks.

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