Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Popular Butternut Squash Bake


                                                                
This is a family favorite recipe and is a great addition to any meal, but especially a holiday one.


Just a few years ago, I won $100 for it in an American Profile 'side dish' contest! Besides being in my own cookbook, It can also be found in two of the American Profile cookbooks -

Hometown Recipes for the Holidays and Blue Ribbon Winners! WOOOHOOO!!



(If you're not familiar with the American Profile...it's a paper-magazine-type publication that comes tucked inside newspapers across the country...similar to USA Weekend, etc. Not every newspaper carries it, but many do - from coast to coast).


I've been told this tastes like 'dessert'. 

One of my blogging buddies, Loy of Grandma Loy's Kitchen  tried it and she and her husband had a cold piece later with Cool Whip on top! Check out her page at the link above.

Whenever I take it to church potlucks, one of my friends hollers to the crowd "Marsha's squash dish is here"!

How fun is that???

Not only is this dish magnificent, butternut squash is just plain good for you!! It's full of fiber, but did you know that winter squash, like our friend the butternut, are also good sources of vitamins A and C, several B vitamins, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids?

Squash rocks.  

I normally double the topping recipe and get raves about the crunchy topping! 



BUTTERNUT SQUASH BAKE

1/3 c. butter or margarine, softened
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 - 5-oz. can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. mashed, cooked butternut squash


TOPPING:

1/2 c. crispy rice cereal (if using chex, crush slightly)

3 Tb. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped pecans
2 Tb. melted butter or margarine


Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 11" X 7" baking pan.

 Cream the butter, and granulated sugar in a bowl using a mixer. Beat in the eggs, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Stir in the squash. The mixture will be thin. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until almost set.



For the topping, combine the cereal, brown sugar, pecans and melted butter in a bowl; mix well. Remove the casserole from oven and sprinkle on the topping. Return to the oven for 5 - 10 minutes or until bubbly.


{I normally double the topping recipe for added crunch and flavor}
(And I've reduced the amount of sugar from original recipe)


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