Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Squash Casserole with Shrimp and Corn

A simple and easy side dish casserole made with diced yellow squash, bacon, small shrimp and corn.
A simple and easy side dish casserole made with diced yellow squash, bacon, small shrimp and corn.

Squash Casserole with Shrimp and Corn

Yeah, yeah, I know... everybody is all about pumpkins, soups, stews and fall dishes right now, but I'm still working on end of summer amid these nearly 100 degree days we're still having along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. That hasn't stopped me from making fall favorites like chicken and dumplings, shortcut shrimp etouffee and Cajun-style chicken and andouille gumbo, because I've fixed all of those the last couple of weeks!

This recipe involves the use of yellow straightneck or crookneck squash, a veggie once relegated strictly to the summer months, but now available slap dab in the middle of winter these days. I admit, it's nice but I can't quite get used to that, although you still can't beat the flavor of one that's plucked right out of your backyard.

I started with my base squash casserole, but wanted to add some corn and shrimp, so I played around with it a bit. Instead of cream soup, which frankly to me adds quite a lot of flavor, I went with mayo and sour cream. Instead of slicing the squash, I cubed it.

Squash is also kinda neutral in taste, so it really needs a bump in flavor. For me that means the addition of bacon and the drippings, sweet onion and garlic, sharp Cheddar cheese, using full fat mayo and sour cream, a little cayenne, and Parmesan cheese with the topping. If you sub in Cajun seasoning for the cayenne, just reduce the added salt. You can vary ingredients of course, with the understanding that any variation in those listed ingredients - such as lighter versions of mayo and sour cream - will affect flavor.

As always, be sure to taste before adding the egg, as that will indicate how the seasoning on your finished dish will taste. Using a crumbled stuffing mix is my favorite addition and really boosts the flavor, though I didn't have any at the time of making this so I just went with fresh bread crumbs, which takes about two seconds with the Vitamix.

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