Since I am the only one in the palace who likes summer squash, Prince Charming didn’t plant much. It was the first vegetable to start coming in after the corn. For others to eat it, I either have to fry it or “mix it with enough other stuff to cover up the taste.” I have been trying to come up with ways to fix it. I had already made the squash casserole with the sour cream and stuffing mix. So, I wanted something else to make. I could have searched the internet for other recipes, but I went “old school” and actually pulled out a cook book. I know … I must be insane! This was the cookbook from the church in which Prince Charming grew up. I usually ask him if “Mrs. Such ‘n Such” is a good cook. This time, he wasn’t home to ask, so I picked a recipe and tweaked it some. I usually don’t tweak until I have tried it the written way at least once. Since I was already being a renegade by getting the cookbook out to start with, I just went totally crazy!   Here’s what I did: (Basically, I added ham, mixed the ingredients in the wrong order, and added cheese and butter to the breadcrumbs … and crossed my fingers that it worked!)

Gathered my ingredients:
 IMG_4897
 yellow squash, eggs, flour, cheese (I’m not so old school that I won’t use pre-shredded cheese), onion, butter, milk, sugar, salt,  bread crumbs, ham chunks

IMG_4898 Combine the squash, onion, sugar, and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes in small amount of water. (I told you this was old school. You could probably just microwave it until it is really tender.)

IMG_4903 Drain the vegetable mixture and mash it with a potato masher.

IMG_4905 Stir in the flour. Add the eggs and butter. Stir over the heat until the butter is melted. Take away from the heat and add the milk.

IMG_4908 Stir in the grated cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

IMG_4909 Add ham.

IMG_4911 Pour into buttered casserole dish. Mix breadcrumbs with a couple tablespoons of melted butter and a big pinch of shredded cheese. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of casserole.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

IMG_4918 Yummmmmm! It passed inspection! Prince Charming said it was “the best I have ever had of this particular vegetable … EVER!” He even asked for a small second helping!


Squash Casserole

2 lb. yellow squash, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. salt (I used less to account for the salty ham)
3 Tbsp. flour
2 eggs
6 Tbsp. butter
1 cup milk
1 cup finely grated cheese + about 2 Tbsp. for topping
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 cups diced ham
1/3 c. bread crumbs

Combine the squash, onion, sugar, and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes in small amount of water. Drain the vegetable mixture and mash it with a potato masher. Stir in the flour. Add the eggs and 4 Tbsp. of  butter. Stir over low heat until the butter is melted. Take away from the heat and add the milk. Stir in the grated cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in ham and pour into buttered casserole dish. Mix breadcrumbs with a couple tablespoons of melted butter and a big pinch of shredded cheese. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of casserole. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.


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16 comments to “Squash Casserole”

  1. Wendi
    July 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I'll have to bookmark this one...I don't have too many yellow squash recipes, and this one looks yummy :) We had some yellow sqaush on the counter the other day that needed to be used up and my dh asked me if I'd ever tried making "yellow squash" bread...um, no...can't say that I have :)

  1. Cheryl
    July 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Looks Yummy!! I'll have to try it, thank you for sharing. Taking a blog walk. Nice to meet you! Great blog!

  1. hsmomma
    July 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Hi! I am following you from the TOS Crew. Please follow me back at www.alittlebooknook.com. I look forward to working with you this year! :)

  1. Vanessa
    July 9, 2010 at 4:28 PM

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  1. Joyce
    July 9, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    If only my husband would eat this I could be ODing on this right now. I have to wait for company to make any type of veggie casserole. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Queen Beverly
    July 9, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Wendi: My culinary wheels are spinning on that suggestion. I just got back from the garden with more squash!

    Joyce: That's why I threw the ham in. We are definately a carnivore household. The ham fit that requirement and the flavor went throughout the dish.

  1. Tracy F.
    July 9, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    So happy to find your blog with this yummy recipe. It's just what I'm hungry for!

  1. Lisa
    July 9, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    This sounds so good, I will have to make this soon.

  1. so kikay
    July 9, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    oh my that looks so yummy!

    hello! happy friday! found you at follow me friday. i'm following you =)

    http://sokikay.blogspot.com

  1. Ebuck
    July 10, 2010 at 7:21 AM

    Yeah, I eat squash now. Gma Patt asked me to bring something veggie for Easter and I made squash stuffing which they named "squashing". It was gone in minutes. I had to bring it again for her birthday. Everyone liked it better than when Mom used to make it. =) I'm gonna try this one next (and maybe leave out ham for my sisters' sake. Maybe.)

  1. Tina Hollenbeck
    July 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Hi. I found you on the MFW Blog Roll and am following you now - I love getting to know other MFW moms. :^) I hope you can visit my place, too: http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com.

    Tina

  1. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~
    July 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    I'm always on the lookout for a better squash recipe so I copied yours. It's very different from mine. it has a can of cream on chicken soup in it. I usually don't cook with soups but this recipe was always a winner. Stop by if you have a chance you'll be glad you did! Just a tease for my giveaway.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  1. Jacqueline
    July 12, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    What a way to take a humble veggie and make it a star. I have my first zucchini coming and it would be great in this too. Thanks for sharing and nice to meet you.

  1. Suzy
    July 12, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    Looks great. And way to go for being brave and doctoring up the recipe to suit your tastes. I had a friend who made a squash casserole close to what you came up with except no ham and it was great so I'm sure yours was too. My hubby is a squash hater, not sure I could entice him to even try.

  1. Elinette
    July 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    This will go into my to do recipes for the fall! Thanks for taking the time to share it here.

  1. Jenni
    July 25, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Love your recipes with pics, and great ideas! Blog crawling...a little slow, but savoring the sites.

    ~Jenni, TOS Crewbie

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