Like most, I made modifications, for various reasons. My variations were some extra onions (using a mistake in another recipe cooking at the same time), multi-grain wheat thins instead of saltines, and using two different cheeses by accident. I used Havarti and Asiago, both of which happened to work out well for their areas of the casserole. I also could have used more crackers and/or drained the squash a bit more to get a thicker consistency, but it's really good as it is. I actually didn't get to taste it fresh, but it is fabulous reheated and goes to the top of my recipe list.
Yield: Makes 8 servings
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- 3 pounds yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 16 saltine crackers, divided
- 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1. Cook first 3 ingredients in boiling water to cover in a Dutch oven 25 minutes or until squash is very tender. Drain well, and mash mixture with a fork.
- 2. Crush 10 crackers, and stir into squash mixture; stir in 1/2 cup cheese and next 5 ingredients. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11- x-7-inch baking dish.
- 3. Crush remaining 6 crackers, and sprinkle over casserole; sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese evenly over casserole.
- 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese melts and casserole is bubbly.
- Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed; do not top with crackers or cheese. Cover and chill overnight. Remove from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes. Uncover and top with crackers and cheese; bake as directed.
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