The squash casserole is a cheese, squash and cracker based casserole. It's easy to make.
1 onion chopped
16 ounces of fresh or canned mushrooms
1 stick of butter or butter substitute
5 to 6 medium yellow squash (cut in circle slices)
8 ounces of cheese of choice (shredded)
(optional) 2 celery sticks chopped
In a large skillet, melt half a stick of butter over a medium heat. As you melt the butter, add onion, mushrooms and (if using) celery. For about five minutes, you're going to stir and heat these ingredients. Add squash to skillet after that. I like to cover the skillet and cook on medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes. You can do that without covering the skillet but I do think it tastes different. (Jeanette doesn't have a cover. She has a pizza pan. She ended up using that as her cover for this recipe and it worked just fine.)
You need a casserole dish. While you're finishing up on the stove, use the other half stick of butter to grease the casserole dish (or butter substitute). You won't need the whole 1/2 stick. After you've greased the dish, lift the cover off the skillet, add the butter and cover the skillet again. (If not covering the skillet, just add the butter and stir.)
It's time for crackers. You'll need two sleeves of Saltines or 1 and 1/2 to 2 sleeves of Ritz or one half the box of Town House crackers. I like the last best. And actually, if you have a favorite cracker I didn't list, feel free to use it; however, you'll have to figure out how much to use. Crumble crackers and do that while they are in their plastic sleeves. That way you are sprinkling from the plastic into the casserole dish. The other way? You're getting cracker crumbs all over the place.
You're just laying down one layer of cracker crumbs. After you've done that, you will add a layer from the skillet. Then add a light layer of cheese. Do another layer of crackers and another layer of vegetables from the skillet and another layer of cheese. If you're using a long and wide pan, you're probably done with the layers. If you're using a round glass pan, you may need to layer two more times. After you've finished, pop it in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes if you used a long and wide pan. If you used a circle, you'll need to leave it in for an hour.
And you're done. You've got the casserole. The mushrooms will give it a taste similar to the one you're used to with bacon.
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