Sunday, September 6, 2020

Reese Witherspoon's Summer Squash Casserole

Hello everyone!
Happy Labor Day weekend!
For most of us, Labor Day weekend is the time where we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.
And Reese Witherspoon's Summer Squash Casserole is the perfect way to do so.
It's called a "summer casserole" but the squash and warm comfort food style make it the perfect way to welcome fall. 

You will need:
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 White Onion, Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 and 1/2 Pounds of Yellow Squash, Sliced
1 and 1/2 Pounds of Zucchini, Sliced
2 Teaspoons of Salt
3 Tablespoons of Butter
24 Ritz Crackers
1 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Large Eggs, Beaten with 1/2 A Cup of Heavy Cream
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 A Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 Tablespoons of Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Parsley

Preheat oven to 375o.
Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the onion and satué for 3 minutes.
Add the garlic to the onions and satué 1 minute more.

Add the yellow squash and zucchini to the pan with the salt.
Satué for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just tender.

Transfer the squash to a colander to drain away excess moisture.
Add the butter to the hot pan to melt and remove the pan from the heat.
Place the crackers in a large zippered bag, seal, and roll over them with a rolling pin, or a juice glass on its side, to create coarse crumbs.

Transfer half of the crumbs, along with the drained squash, to a large mixing bowl.

Combine 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese, the egg-cream mixture, and the sugar, salt, and pepper and gently fold the mixture into the squash crumbs. 

Transfer the squash mixture to the prepared baking dish.
Combine the remaining cracker crumbs with the melted butter, the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar, and the parmesan.

Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley.

This casserole is super tasty.
If you grew up enjoying "funeral potatoes" you will enjoy this dish.
It tastes very similar but just a tad lighter.
How do you spend your Labor Day?

All my love,

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