Happy Thanksgiving! I know it’s not Thanksgiving, but #2 daughter is home and has a job, and we’re going to cook and bake and go out to the mill for grains and generally start celebrating now.

One thing we’ll make, though not till tomorrow, is Squash Casserole:

Yellow Squash Casserole
“Tender squash, gooey cheese and crunchy crackers make this a memorable side dish or a hearty main course. This is a great dish that can be made with low-fat ingredients and is still just as good!”

  • 4 cups sliced yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 35 buttery round crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter

 

Place squash and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in a small amount of water. Cover, and cook until squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well, and place in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, mix together cracker crumbs and cheese. Stir half of the cracker mixture into the cooked squash and onions. In a small bowl, mix together eggs and milk, then add to squash mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup melted butter, and season with salt and pepper. Spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cracker mixture, and dot with 2 tablespoons butter.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

I had this recipe at a potluck, which is where I always do encounter casseroles. I eat them and they’re delicious, and then I get the recipe and they’re made out of bizarre things like crackers or Cream of Mushroom Soup, and of course there’s the mental recoil, but then I make them every couple of years anyway. Contrary to what you might expect, this casserole is quite good. There will also be green beans and corn and possibly salad, so people who don’t care to eat casseroles will not therefore be without vegetables.

The cracker companies ought to come up with more recipes like these. They keep doing full-page magazine ads featuring “recipes” like a Triscuit with a slice of cheese on it. A Ritz cracker with a slice of cheese and a sliver of ham. These things aren’t recipes. It is also the case that six Ritz crackers have the same fat and calories as a brownie, and no more nutritional value, either. So at our house, we need some kind of special impetus for buying crackers.

Maybe we’re not the only ones. The Nabisco company has come up with an extremely stupid little book called The Tale of the Magical Crackers, and we ended up with a copy. In this book, a household gets a visit from three enormous magical crackers that become whole again when people eat them. The giant crackers hang around the family and play with them, and the family members eat bits off them. It’s disgusting, isn’t it?

At the back of the book are “recipes” for things like a Ritz cracker with cheese and pepper jelly on it.

I guess the real question is, what are they drinking over at the Nabisco company?