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Winter Squash and Bacon Casserole

I can’t imagine celebrating the holidays without including this comforting casserole on my menu. You can use any sweet variety of winter squash, but delicata is my personal favorite.—Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3 cups mashed cooked delicata or butternut squash
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the squash, bacon, cheese, sugar, salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and top is lightly browned.
To Make Ahead: Cook, mash and measure the squash the day before. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before using and proceed with recipe.

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