If you don’t have a cheesy/creamy casserole or five at your Thanksgiving meal, does it even count as Thanksgiving? Debatable. This butternut squash casserole is a vegetable spin on mac’n’cheese. And we include tips on how to make it fully gluten-free. But don’t worry, we never skimp on the cheese sauce.
Have you ever grown zucchini or yellow squash in your garden? If you have you know that by mid-summer you are begging people to take it, perhaps even stuffing a few in your neighbor’s mailbox or dropping bags on the unsuspecting doorsteps of your friends and family. I must admit that neither vegetable excites me much and I rarely buy them, except to make the occasional loaf of chocolate zucchini bread. However, for me, texture has just as much to do with liking a food as taste. And what I think I really don’t like about zucchini or yellow squash is the mushy texture they take on when cooked. If you subscribe to this blog, you saw that I shared a recipe for pickling thinly sliced zucchini (along with several other veggies) at the beginning of this month. Playing around with all those thinly sliced vegetables got me thinking about layers and casseroles and inspired me to come up with a zucchini/squash dish that I would like.
December brings endless parties and one family get together after another. Christmas for my family ends up being spread out over several weeks. After years of service with the Fire Department, my husband has enough seniority that he no longer has to work on Christmas Day if his shift happens to fall on December 25. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we get together at the fire station with all of the other wives and kids and share a meal, lots of laughs and the kids have an ornament swap. This usually kicks off our holiday get together season. Next, my sweet husband’s birthday is December 24 so at some point we get together with his mom and then his dad to celebrate his birthday and Christmas with each of them. Then comes my family. As the oldest of 9 children where 6 of us are married and there are now 10 grandchildren and we all live within 30 minutes of each other. Christmas is a HUGE event for us. My parents own their own small business and they have always closed their business for the entire week between Christmas and New Years and we spend that entire week playing board games and of course eating. My sisters and I usually call my mom and find out what the food plan is for each day and then decide what side dish, dessert or bread we will bring.
The recipe I will be sharing with you today is so simple I almost didn’t share it with you but my daughter said it was a must. This potato kugel can easily be a side dish or can be eaten like a hash brown casserole if you have a Christmas Brunch you are hosting. My favorite part about this dish is that it can easily be made ahead, frozen and then reheated when you are ready to serve it.