Friday, July 30, 2010

Zucchini and Dressing Casserole

I find the best recipes in small town newspapers.  When hubs and I go on one of our short mini vacations here in Michigan we always pick up the local paper to read when we go to breakfast.  A particular stop a couple of years ago I found two zucchini casserole recipes that sounded promising.  I pulled these out a week ago because we have a few zucchini......we have a lot of zucchini and yellow summer squash and my poor chickens can only eat so much a day.  I am sorry I forgot to take a picture before we scooped into this dish.  I also forgot to take a picture each time we warmed it up.  You'll have to take my word that it looks as good as it tastes.  But I do have a picture of one of the zucchini right out of the garden because I just cannot write a post and not include a picture.
Zucchini and Dressing Casserole
6 c. sliced zucchini, can use half summer squash
1 diced onion
Boil together in salted water 10 minutes. Drain Well.
1 c. grated carrot
1 box Croutettes or Stovetop Stuffing (I used the chicken flavored Stovetop)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream
1/2 stick melted oleo
A few leaves of crumbled dried sage, optional
Parmesan cheese (I used shredded, not the grated in the can)
Mix all ingredients but cheese together.  Spray a 10x10 inch (or equivalent) baking dish and spread mixture evenly.  Sprinkle generously with grated cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes.  Serves 8.

This recipe was included in the paper  by columnist Edna Shaffer.  At the end of this column there is the following quote that I am not sure if it is Edna's or another persons.

Only when the last tree has died,
and the last fish has been caught,
and the last river poisoned,
will we realize that we can't eat money.

Hubs and I truly feel this way.  We love to garden and take care of our land the best we can.  We always plant more than we can eat, freeze or can, so we give to our family, friends and neighbors.  One of the items that we have so much of is of coarse the above mentioned zucchini.  I bake many loaves of zucchini bread each summer from a long time family recipe.  My hubs jokes that if someone stops by and he asks them if they would like some zucchini they often say no.  But if he asks them if they would like some zucchini bread they hold out their hands and say you bet!  I try and make it quite often and share it with everyone.  This week I found these really nice mini bread pans at Bed Bath and Beyond.
They are very heavy duty and were less than $4.00 each.  I can make six small loaves now instead of two regular sized ones.  And it really is perfect when you are giving to single family members or couples that would really like some but a full loaf is too much. 
Let me know if you make this casserole if you enjoyed it or if you would do anything different to it.  I might have to share a couple more zucchini recipes yet this season but I promise to remember to take pictures of the end product next time!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Blessings!


mrs. c said...

The dressing looks yummy but hubby can't have the's got gluten in it. That's one huge squash! If I lived close to you I would say thank you for all the veggies! Have a great weekend.

Anke said...

We like zucchini bread and the girls especially love zucchini brownies. They are the moistest brownies we have ever tasted. Delish!

fuzziekit said...

the dressing and casserole sound great... I am going to have to try that. Maybe I can snag some zucchini from my mommy. Thanks for the recipe. :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yumm! The casserole sounds great! And have you shared your zucchini bread recipe before?

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