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Savory Butternut Squash Bake

June 29, 2012Teresa

Savory Butternut Squash Bake is terrific. It’s also a great side dish for holiday menus. Our family loves cooking with butternut squash. I enjoy butternut squash in soups, casseroles, biscuits, pasta, Beef Pot Pie, breakfast muffins, cakes, or pies. Whether sweet or with a little heat, I like butternut squash almost any way it can be cooked. It’s almost like eating sweet potatoes or pumpkin for me – just not as much fiber.

I was looking for a way to make butternut squash that was savory awhile back. I really didn’t want something sweet with all the praline-streusel toppings. I ran across this tasty Taste of Home recipe one day. As I’ve said before in other posts, my husband will not eat any casserole that has cooked mayonnaise in it. So I substituted sour cream in this recipe. It’s delicious that way.

The flavors are delicate, yet it’s one of those side dishes that have you coming back for seconds. Savory Butternut Squash Bake is a great way to use up garden squash, too. I think you could use a cheddar cheese on the top and it would turn out well that way as well. I used an Italian 6-cheese blend that included Provolone, Mozzarella, Romano, Asiago, Parmesan and Asiago cheeses. It was wonderful.

We really liked this recipe. I will tell you that working with butternut squash is not the easiest thing to do. It’s hard to cut into when it’s raw. But I love this squash and want to try some new recipes with it like a butternut squash alfredo lasagna recipe I saw on Pinterest one day.

I use a potato peeler or a paring knife to peel the skin off. Then I cut the butternut squash down into chunks and boil. Afterwards, the butternut squash is mashed for this recipe.

If you’re looking for a new and different way to prepare butternut squash, consider trying out this Savory Butternut Squash Bake recipe. You will find that it becomes a family favorite, just like we did.

When I initially posted this recipe in June 2012, my blog had just begun. I was taking pictures with a poor quality iPhone 3 because that’s what I had on hand. My pictures were grainy, blurry and dark. Even photo editing could not make good pictures out of the ones I took!

I recently remade this recipe (January 2015) for a houseful of company and it was very well received. Everyone raved over it and got second helpings! I served it with King Ranch Chicken which was also wolfed down pretty quickly! I retook the pictures so you can see how delightful this recipe really is. It certainly is a recipe worth trying out.

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Savory Butternut Squash Bake is a great side dish for holidays or company. 

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This lovely Savory Butternut Squash Bake is savory rather than sweet. It’s a wonderful change of pace.

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This side dish is mouthwatering and delectable.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Peel a butternut squash. Cut off the ends, remove pulp, and cut squash into cubes. Put squash in saucepot with water and bring to a boil. Simmer until cooked through 15-20 minutes. Drain thoroughly and mash butternut squash with a potato masher. TIP: Save the liquid for vegetable broths!

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Meanwhile, dice onion. Add sour cream, an egg, sugar, salt and pepper.

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Stir to combine ingredients.

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Add sauce ingredients to mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.

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Spray an 8×12″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread butternut squash mixture into prepared baking dish.

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Meanwhile, make topping: Melt butter. Crush saltine crackers. I place them in a zip lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Add crushed saltines to measuring cup with butter. Add parmesan cheese. (I used an Italian 6-cheese blend with Provolone, Asiago, Romano, Fontina, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses). Stir ingredients to combine. 

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Sprinkle cracker crumb mixture over top of butternut squash mixture. (I didn’t use all of it). 

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Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes until done. Serve immediately to all the hungry appetites in your home!

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Savory Butternut Squash Bake is a great alternative to all the sweet casseroles. If you’re looking for something different try this recipe.

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This is an excellent way to use up butternut squash from your garden.

Here’s the recipe.

SAVORY BUTTERNUT SQUASH BAKE

(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Cookbook 2000)

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This is a tasty and savory way to prepare butternut squash. It's topped with a saltine cracker and parmesan cheese topping for wonderful flavors. Terrific for company or holiday dinners like Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Savory Butternut Squash Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this savory #ButternutSquash #recipe includes a 6-#Cheese #Italian blend that makes this #casserole so mouthwatering our company all wanted seconds! Terrific for #holiday dinners too. #Easter #MothersDay #HolidaySideDish #ButternutSquashCasserole #Squash #SavoryButternutSquashBake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Savory Butternut Squash Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this savory #ButternutSquash #recipe includes a 6-#Cheese #Italian blend that makes this #casserole so mouthwatering our company all wanted seconds! Terrific for #holiday dinners too. #Easter #MothersDay #HolidaySideDish #ButternutSquashCasserole #Squash #SavoryButternutSquashBake
Instructions
  1. Place squash in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until very tender.
  3. Drain well and place in a large bowl; mash squash.
  4. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, onion, egg, sugar, salt and pepper; add to squash and mix well.
  5. Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish.
  6. Place crackers in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  7. Combine cracker crumbs, cheese and butter; sprinkle over top.
  8. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through and top is golden brown.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to cook squash.

NOTE: If desired, add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or dill, and substitute cheddar cheese for the parmesan in the crumb topping.

NOTE: I used an Italian 6-cheese blend that includes Parmesan, Asiago, Mozzarella, Fontina, Romano and Provolone cheeses.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Savory Butternut Squash Bake[/b]
Recipe Type: Veggie/Side Dish/Casserole
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-butternut-squash-bake” target=”_blank” title=”creamy butternut squash bake”]Taste of Home[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
This is a tasty and savory way to prepare butternut squash. It’s topped with a saltine cracker and parmesan cheese topping for wonderful flavors.
Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper or more to taste
  • ¼ cup crushed saltines (about 8 crackers)
  • 2 heaping tbsp. grated parmesan cheese or Italian 6-cheese blend
  • 1 tbsp. [url href=”http://www.landolakes.com/” target=”_blank” title=”land o’lakes butter”]Land O’ Lakes[/url] unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Place squash in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until very tender.
  3. Drain well and place in a large bowl; mash squash.
  4. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, onion, egg, sugar, salt and pepper; add to squash and mix well.
  5. Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish.
  6. Place crackers in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  7. Combine cracker crumbs, cheese and butter; sprinkle over top.
  8. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through and top is golden brown.
Notes
Preparation time does not include time required to cook squash.[br][br]If desired, add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or dill, and substitute cheddar cheese for the parmesan in the crumb topping.[br][br]I used an Italian 6-cheese blend that includes Parmesan, Asiago, Mozzarella, Fontina, Romano and Provolone cheeses.
Savory Butternut Squash Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this savory #ButternutSquash #recipe includes a 6-#Cheese #Italian blend that makes this #casserole so mouthwatering our company all wanted seconds! Terrific for #holiday dinners too. #Easter #MothersDay #HolidaySideDish #ButternutSquashCasserole #Squash #SavoryButternutSquashBake

This savory recipe is a great way to use up garden produce.

Savory Butternut Squash Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this savory #ButternutSquash #recipe includes a 6-#Cheese #Italian blend that makes this #casserole so mouthwatering our company all wanted seconds! Terrific for #holiday dinners too. #Easter #MothersDay #HolidaySideDish #ButternutSquashCasserole #Squash #SavoryButternutSquashBake

Our company cleaned out this casserole. There was only one small spoonful left when we were done.

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This delectable side dish is terrific for Easter, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Bake

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Butternut Squash Bake

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Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Peach Bake

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Savory Butternut Squash Bake BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This is a tasty and savory way to prepare butternut squash. It's topped with a saltine cracker and parmesan cheese topping for wonderful flavors. Terrific for company or holiday dinners like Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Savory Butternut Squash Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this savory #ButternutSquash #recipe includes a 6-#Cheese #Italian blend that makes this #casserole so mouthwatering our company all wanted seconds! Terrific for #holiday dinners too. #Easter #MothersDay #HolidaySideDish #ButternutSquashCasserole #Squash #SavoryButternutSquashBake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Savory Butternut Squash Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this savory #ButternutSquash #recipe includes a 6-#Cheese #Italian blend that makes this #casserole so mouthwatering our company all wanted seconds! Terrific for #holiday dinners too. #Easter #MothersDay #HolidaySideDish #ButternutSquashCasserole #Squash #SavoryButternutSquashBake
Instructions
  1. Place squash in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until very tender.
  3. Drain well and place in a large bowl; mash squash.
  4. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, onion, egg, sugar, salt and pepper; add to squash and mix well.
  5. Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish.
  6. Place crackers in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  7. Combine cracker crumbs, cheese and butter; sprinkle over top.
  8. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through and top is golden brown.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to cook squash.

NOTE: If desired, add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme or dill, and substitute cheddar cheese for the parmesan in the crumb topping.

NOTE: I used an Italian 6-cheese blend that includes Parmesan, Asiago, Mozzarella, Fontina, Romano and Provolone cheeses.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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  • cathleen lovett

    January 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Ya’ know, it’s easier to cook the squash before you peel it. simply stick a skewer through it a few times to vent steam. put it in the oven 350-400. flip it over after I/2 hour. bake till soft. you can then easily cut it in 1/2. scoop out the seeds. scoop out the flesh and proceed to mash

    1. Teresa

      January 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Cathleen. I do that most of the time because it’s so difficult to peel it. It also provides a nice roasted flavor and the sugar cooks up into the squash more if you bake it beforehand. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • Lin

    January 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Can you use cracklins in lieu of the crackers to make it low carb – or more low carb?

    1. Teresa

      January 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Hi, Lin, I’m sorry, I’m not aware of what cracklins are. What are they made out of? You might consider using almond meal instead of the crackers, especially since it’s just a small amount needed for the topping. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

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  • Melissa

    March 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Looks so good. You really went all in illustrating each and every step. Love it! Thanks for sharing my squash and apricot stew recipe!

    1. Teresa

      March 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      You’re welcome! It looked so tasty!

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