I made this last night and enjoyed it so much I decided I had to post it in my journal and the recipe forum. This isn't a new recipe. My Mom has been making this since I was in high school. Everytime I make it and take that first bite, I think, "Why don't I make this more often?!"
Last night I used fresh squash from my garden. I had several squash that had grown too large to do anything that required using the seeds so I scooped out the seeds and decided to make this casserole. Wow! So delicious and buttery.
I will post the original recipe which calls for a cracker crumb topping. I just omitted the crumb topping and topped with extra cheese instead. However, you could top with lc bread crumbs, lc cracker crumbs, etc. I found the simple cheese topping to be delicious.
1 ...... lb ........... Squash, sliced
1 ...... large ....... Onion, sliced thin
1 ...... cup ......... Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/4 ... cup ......... Cream
2 ...... T ............ Butter
1 ...................... Egg, beaten
1/2 ... cup ......... Cracker Crumbs
......... to taste ... Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg, Paprika
Cook squash and onion in small amount of salted water.
Drain and add cheese, cream, butter, egg, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Pour into buttered casserole dish. Top with cracker crumbs and paprika.
Bake at 350°, until mixture bubbles and crumbs are brown, about 25 minutes.
Serves 4 - 6.
● Use only a very small amout of water for cooking the squash and onion because the squash will give a lot of liquid itself. If you use too much water, the squash will become water logged and mushy. I usually only use enough water to barely cover the bottom of the pan.
● I always add the butter to the hot squash and onion first so that it will melt completely before adding the remainder of the ingredients.
● I omit the nutmeg because my husband doesn't like the taste.
● I topped with extra cheese instead of cracker crumbs. However, you could use lc bread crumbs, lc cracker crumbs, or any type of lc topping. It was so tasty with just the cheese topping that I think I will just top with cheese from now on and save the carbs.
● If your squash is over-grown, scrape out the seeds because they can be very large and tough when the squash is not young and tender.
● I switched the oven to Broil for the last few minutes of cooking time so that the cheese on top would brown and get a bit crispy.
● For a main dish meal, you could add chunks of ham.