Recipe of the Month: Squash Casserole and Mulled Cider

November 2, 2009

Squash is a warming and hearty vegetable that is fresh and abundant this season. Combined with protein rich beans, this is a balanced and grounding dish. Try this Recipe of the Month Squash Casserole and Mulled Cider and let me know what you think.

Ralph’s Hearty White Bean and Squash Casserole

Ingredients

1 Whole head of garlic, roasted
2 Cups sliced onion
1 T Olive Oil
4.5 Cups peeled and cubed (1/2″) butternut squash (about 2 lbs)
1/2 Cup Organic vegetable or chicken broth
1 tsp Fresh Thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 16 oz. cans(or 8 cups fresh cooked) cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained.

Squash Casserole Topping

1/4 Cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese
1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Cup Panko crumbs
1 T melted ghee or butter

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Roast garlic (this can be done ahead of time). Remove white papery skin, but do not peel cloves, wrap in foil and place in hot oven for about 45 minutes, or until soft throughout. Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut of top and squeeze out the cloves.
3. Saute onions in olive oil in a large pan, or dutch oven, until caramelized then add garlic, squash, beans, broth and spices, stirring well. Remove from heat.
4. Make topping: Combine Panko crumbs, cheese and ghee or butter.
5. Transfer warm ingredients to a casserole dish (unless using dutch oven) and cover with crumbs. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes or until squash is tender. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until topping is browned. Sprinkle with parsley.

Bake at 375 for 50 minutes or until squash is tender. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until topping is browned. Sprinkle with parsley.

Mulled Cider for a Blustery Day

Apples are immune strengthening and a sweet and delicious perk of autumn. On a cold day, there is nothing quite as comforting as a cup of warming mulled apple cider.

Combine desired amount of apple cider with whole cinnamon sticks(s), whole cloves or allspice, orange slices and a pinch of nutmeg. Adjust any spices to your taste. Heat in pan and serve hot.
Option: Pears are great for your lungs. If you are suffering from lung congestion, try substituting pear cider for apple.

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