- 5 cups shredded peeled butternut squash
- Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
- 1 cup raisins
- 6 to 8 dried apricots, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 1 medium apple, cubed
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- In a large bowl, toss squash with lemon juice and peel. Place half in the bottom of a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine the raisins, apricots and apple; sprinkle over squash. In a small bowl, combine the cheese,egg, yogurt, cinnamon and nutmeg; spread over fruit mixture. Cover with remaining squash. Sprinkle with nuts.
- Cover with foil. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Reviews for Butternut Squash Casserole
"I prepared this recipe for the first time. Since I'm just cooking for myself now, I used a 12-oz. package of frozen cooked butternut squash, 1 Tbsp. ground orange, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 cup raisins, 8 pitted dried prunes, chopped, 1 medium Granny Smith Apple, cubed, one 5.3-oz. carton plain non-fat yogurt, 1 egg, 1/4 cup cinnamon-sugar, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt and about 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts. I cooked the squash in my microwave oven for 4 minutes, then 3 more minutes after stirring. I combined squash withthe orange peel and orange juice. Then I added the fruit to squash mixture. In another bowl, I beat together the egg, yogurt, cinnamon-sugar, nutmeg, and salt. I purposely omitted the ricotta cheese since Idid not have it available! I stirred the egg, yogurt, cinnamon-sugar mixture, nutmeg, salt into squash mixture, spread into greased 1-qt. casserole dish and baked at 375o F. after topping with nuts. I wound upbaking casserole a total of 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. The next time I just might add 1/4 tsp. each of ground ginger and cloves and increase the cinnamon-sugar to 1/3 cup! I rated this recipe as a 5* recipe. delowenstein"
"I am not a lover of squash, but I've been trying to expand my tastebud horizons. This recipe looked interesting, so I tried it. Man, am I glad I did! This recipe is EXCELLENT! The combination of the fruits and spices with the ricotta is just perfect. My husband even liked it, which is saying something. I didn't alter the recipe at all...next time I would maybe add some garlic salt (just a tad). Thanks so much for the recipe!"
"This casserole is very delicious! I think it is excellent, but I gave it four stars based on the fact that the texture can be interesting and some people don't care for it. I personally loved it.I made it as a side for a Shabbat supper, had some guests over, and one of them was a professional chef. He thought it was very good. The only thing we all agreed on was that it needed just a little brown sugar to sweeten it up just a bit. Next time, I am going to try cubing the squash (small cubes) and extending the time in the oven about 10 minutes and see if I like the texture better. Overall, I loved the mixture of the squash paired with the sweet fruit and the bite of the ricotta. Loved it, and it was gone the next day when I served the leftovers cold at a potluck! I highly recommend this. It would be a great Thanksgiving side! Great recipe."