If I ask our two girls (ages 7 and 14) what to fix for a special meal, this dish is always requested. I discovered this slightly sweet and crunchy-topped casserole at a church dinner about 10 years ago, and now I take it to potluck dinners and come home with an empty dish! -Julie Jahn, Decatur, Indiana
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups mashed cooked butternut squash
- 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir in squash (mixture will be thin).
- Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until almost set.
In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes or until bubbly.
Freeze option: Bake casserole as directed without adding topping. Cool; cover and freeze. Freeze topping mixture in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, partially thaw casserole and topping in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle topping over casserole and bake until bubbly. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Butternut Squash Bake in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p27
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