Recipie Monday: Squash Casserole

Alternatively titled: I didn’t write anything over the weekend, so have a copy of my lunch for the next few days.

I’m pretending you don’t know how to cook, so work with me here.

What you will need:

  • 3-5 large-ish yellow squash
  • 1 onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 packages of shredded mild cheddar cheese (~4 cups if you want to shred your own, cause you have a dairy farm for that reason.)
  • Large pan (fit for baking)
  • Steamer basket
  • Italian Bread crumbs
  • A sharp knife

How it goes:

  1. Clean squash by running hot water over them
  2. Cut all the squash into even-ish pieces, removing the ends from both…ends; I cut round pieces, you can cut however you want. (I don’t judge.)
  3. Place all squashy bits in the steamer basket.
  4. Remove flaky bits off the onion and toss em away.
  5. CUT THE ENDS OFF THE ONION FROM UNDER RUNNING WATER, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. THIS WILL PREVENT YOU FROM CRYING, I’M SAVING YOU FROM THE PAIN.
  6. DON’T TURN THE WATER OFF, YOU’RE NOT DONE.
  7. Slice the onion in half UNDER THE WATER.
  8. Now you can turn the water off.
  9. Slice your onion halves into tinier bits and place them in the steamer basket.
  • Note: if not all of the squash or onions fit into the basket, you can steam a second batch separately.
  1. Steam the veggies until you can see the steam escaping from underneath the lid.
  • If you needed to steam a second batch, this would be the time to steam it now.
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. We probably should have done that first, but fuck the rules.
  2. Dump the steamed squashy bits and tiny onion slices into your large pan.
  3. Season with salt and pepper (to taste)
  4. Add package of cheese, mix generously.
  • If you needed to steam a second batch, add only half the package. Add the other half when the veggies are done and mix again
  1. Mix in some of the bread crumbs while you’re at it. (~1/4 of a cup? I dunno, I eyeballed it.) The squash should look beaten all to hell at this point, which is a good thing.
  2. Once throughly mixed, open the second package of cheese and add all of it on top.
  3. I SAID ALL OF IT. DON’T YOU SKIMP OUT ON ANYTHING.
  4. All added? Are you sure? Maybe you should check…
  5. Okay, it’s all been added.
  6. BREAD CRUMB LAYER TIME.
  7. Once the oven indicates that it’s ready, BAKE IT. About 20 minutes should do it, or until the top is a golden brown color. Unless it’s my oven, in which case it’ll NEVER be ready.
  8. EAT IT. (after it’s cool, of course.)

Om nom nom nom, it’s very delicious, I promise. You can use Vegan cheese in place of actual cheese, but vegan cheese does not like to melt properly, or at least the one time I tried it didn’t.

Enjoy, you crazy kids.

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