Yellow Summer Squash Casserole

This is one of those times I indulge in things I would normally avoid or use in strict moderation. So be warned that this dish has elevated fat content, and saturated animal fat at that. Okay, with that said, it was a delicious and pleasurable experience, with regrets deferred until and if consequences manifest themselves.

My original intent was for this to be primarily a celery and fennel dish, but with the garden producing so much yellow summer squash I included it despite it having been a frequent and ubiquitous component in recent meals.

I harvested the first onion out of the garden. A secret to growing onions is to not plant them too deep. If planted deep all you will get is “green onions.” I scrape the dirt away from around the plants to expose the white part to encourage them to swell and form bulbs.

summer squash casserole

 

Besides the onion, I chopped celery and fennel, and sautéed them for a few minutes in herbed butter to which fresh sage, rosemary and basil had been added.

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summer squash casserole

summer squash casserole

summer squash casserole

summer squash casserole

 

 

To the sautéed onion, fennel and celery I added chopped yellow summer squash and turned off the heat.

summer squash casserole

 

After seasoning with kosher salt I coated the vegetables well with masa harina and transferred them to a baking dish.

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summer squash casserole

summer squash casserole

 

I mixed some of the melted herbed butter with panko bread crumbs and tossed in cubed Brie.

summer squash casserole

summer squash casserole

 

The bread crumb and cheese mixture was distributed over the top of the veggies.

summer squash casserole

 

The casserole was then baked until well heated and browned on top.

summer squash casserole

 

To balance out the meal I cooked up some beet “greens” from the garden. In plucking the leaves I accidentally pulled up a young beetroot.

summer squash casserole

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summer squash casserole

 

Call it what you may, this was truly enjoyable meal.

summer squash casserole

summer squash casserole



 


7 thoughts on “Yellow Summer Squash Casserole

    1. Since the yellow squash hadn’t been cooked yet I figured they would give off some liquid while baking, so the masa was to soak any of that up and thicken a bit so it wouldn’t be runny. I did it on a whim, and not because of anything I kew or have leaned. Anyway, the casserole was not runny or too dry. I wouldn’t have guessed the masa harina was in there if I hadn’t added it myself.

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