Just about everyone I know who has a garden grows summer squash. Summer squash usually grows really well, so home gardeners often have an abundance of it—which is really nice if you have lots of good recipes to use it in, like zucchini bread, for example, or a yummy squash casserole! Here’s another really good squash recipe that I found in Farm-to-Table Desserts. If you’re a vegetable gardener or love to shop at your local farmer’s market, you’ll enjoy this cookbook that shows you how to make yummy treats with fresh, organic ingredients. Continue reading
Yellow squash in a muffin? I know that may sound a little strange, but believe me, these muffins are deliciously moist and sweetened just right with honey and brown sugar! I thought about trying yellow squash in muffins after using zucchini in quick breads and cake. So why not yellow squash in baked goods? I found a recipe that I tweaked a little at Taste of Home and wasn’t sure what to expect, but I love the way they turned out!
YELLOW SQUASH MUFFINS by NancyC, adapted from Taste of Home
Makes 11-12 muffins
- 2 1/3 cups (about 1 lb.) sliced yellow squash, cut into 1/2″ slices-cut larger slices in half or quarters)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup honey*
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar*
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line muffin pan with 12 paper liners; set aside
Fill a medium size saucepan with 1″ of water; add squash and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain water from pan and mash the squash. In same pan, blend in the butter, honey, brown sugar, and egg.
In large bowl, blend flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the squash mixture to this flour mixture and stir just until moistened.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 375˚F for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes, then remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
NOTE: Instead of using honey and light brown sugar, you can substitute 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
This recipe made 11 muffins for me. If you’re all out of yellow squash from your garden, you’ll have to keep this in mind to try next summer, or just buy some at the grocery store! What kinds of things do you like to make with yellow squash?
Also, Happy Fall to all of you! It’s hard to believe it is autumn already! I have some great apple recipes I’ll be sharing with you soon!
I found a delicious yellow squash recipe about three years ago in an old Southern Living magazine, and made a few small changes to it–it has become one of my favorite side dishes! I usually make it in the summer months, when yellow squash is so abundant. I either use squash from my garden or purchase it from the local Farmer’s Market. The combination of Parmesan and Cheddar cheese in the casserole is really tasty, and I add more cheese than the original recipe calls for…you can’t go wrong with extra cheese! 🙂 Hope you have a chance to try it this summer.
PARMESAN-CHEDDAR SQUASH CASSEROLE by NancyCreative, adapted from Southern Living
- 4 pounds yellow squash, sliced (1 pound of squash yields about 2 cups sliced, so you’d need about 8 cups)
- 4 Tbsp. butter, divided
- 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs, divided
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
- 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
In large skillet, cook squash, covered in boiling water, for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain well and remove squash from skillet; gently press squash between paper towels to take out remaining moisture and set aside. Then, in same large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic, and saute 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in squash, 1 cup breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and the other remaining ingredients, except for the garlic salt. Spoon into a lightly greased 13×9-inch baking dish.
Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and stir with remaining 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and garlic salt. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the top of the casserole. (If you want, you can also sprinkle another 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese on the top to make it extra cheesy.) Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until set. This makes 8-10 servings.