Double S Veggie Casserole

UPDATE: made this again today and used finely chopped macadamia nuts in place of the bread crumbs! It was truly amazing. We are going to do that from now on!

Double S Veggie Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Category: sides, vegetables, casserole

Yield: 8

Double S Veggie Casserole

Seriously, super easy squash and spinach casserole. Use an almond or macadamia nut flour bread, as well as grass-fed butter and cheese, to make this Keto compliant, if you wish.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-large yellow squash, washed, and cut into thin slices
  • 16 oz bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed to drain
  • 1 medium-large onion, cut into slices
  • 16 ounces butter, unsalted, cut into pat sized portions (see picture)
  • 12 ounce bag Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 4 slices of bread broken down into bread crumbs (a bullet blender works great for this, tear bread into pieces then pulse a few times)
  • 1-2 tsp Oregano
  • 1-2 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. After prepping onions, spinach, and butter. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Gather seasonings. We do not measure but shake each one on when it is time.
  3. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper (makes for super easy clean up but is optional)
  4. Place about 6 pats of butter on bottom layer, before squash slices. Spread apart from one another.
  5. Add a single layer of squash slices.
  6. Sprinkle naked squash slices with each seasoning, we did a pretty even light sprinkle of each seasoning.
  7. Add sliced onions as a single layer.
  8. Add half of the squeezed, drained spinach.
  9. Add half of the shredded cheese.
  10. Add half of the bread crumbs.
  11. Add 6-8 pats of butter.
  12. Repeat layers starting with naked, squash slices.
  13. Top final layer with another sprinkle of each of the seasonings.
  14. Bake in a 375 degree F preheated oven for about 45-60 minutes. Check at about 40 minutes and keep an eye on it until it is nice and golden brown on top. Exact time will depend on your oven.

Notes

You can wash and slice squash, cut onions into slices, and squeeze, drain spinach ahead of time. This makes throwing the casserole together so much quicker. I usually prep everything the day before.

https://fieldandherbs.com/double-s-veggie-casserole/

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Pittsburgh Potatoes

Pittsburgh Potatoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Category: sides, vegetables

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 8

Pittsburgh Potatoes

Here is another "blast from the past" 1930's recipe! A delectable, cheesy potato casserole named, "Pittsburgh Potatoes." This recipe can be assembled a day or more in advanced and stored in the refrigerator. Be sure to set out about an hour before baking so dish can come to room temperature. Serve with breakfast or dinner!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw, cubed potatoes (washed and peeled)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 pimentos, chopped
  • 2 cups white sauce (see below)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 6 pats of butter (a pat is about 1/2 tablespoon)
    White Sauce Ingredients (this can be made ahead of time)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Wash, peel, and cube potatoes
  3. Cook cubed potatoes and onion in boiling, salted water about 5 minutes.
  4. Add pimentos, then cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Drain potatoes.
  6. Season white sauce with Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  7. Add grated cheese to seasoned white sauce.
  8. Place alternate layers of potatoes and sauce in buttered casserole dish.
  9. Top with bread crumbs.
  10. Add pats of butter, spread across top so they are an even distance away from each other.
  11. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 1 to 1.5 hours (top is browned and potatoes are soft).
    White Sauce Instructions
  1. In 3 quart sized saucepan, gently melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute. This can be made ahead of time. Make several batches, cool and place covered in refrigerator until needed.

Notes

*There are not too many ways you can turn this one into a "healthy" dish but here are a few suggestions:

Gluten Free - make white sauce with sweet white rice flour and use gluten-free bread to make bread crumbs for topping the dish.

Dairy Free - use Earth Balance soy free "butter" in the white sauce and to top the bread crumbs with. Use a dairy-free milk alternative of choice in place of the milk in the white sauce. Cashew milk tends to be a good alternative because it is thicker than most dairy-milk substitutes. Use cheddar, dairy-free" shreds of your choice for the grated cheddar cheese.

Worcestershire sauce - most Worcestershire sauces contain soy and/or gluten, if this is an issue for you, try this Homemade Paleo Worcestershire sauce recipe from "A Whole New Twist," its been rated 5 stars! http://awholenewtwist.com/homemade-paleo-worcestershire-sauce/

Don't want to use potatoes? No problem, dice up some raw, washed, dried cauliflower and use in place of the diced potatoes. Reduce boiling time in half if using cauliflower.

https://fieldandherbs.com/pittsburgh-potatoes/