Great Performances. I call it (every single time I think about it,cook from it and recommend it to people,like I will throughout this post,because it is that good.) get ready,oh I get creative on this one : Great Expectations.
Every single time.
It's a reflex that I can't control.
On the other hand my english teachers all would be proud of me for also referencing a fine Charles Dickens novel. Heck Charles Dickens might have been proud.
I have cooked a handful of recipes from this cookbook and all have been fab-u-lous. I mean top notch and really so simple.My mother-in-law swears by this cookbook,so much she has two copies.And the other night one of those copies came in handy.My in-laws planted a fairly sizable ( read big,large,borderline massive) garden for my husband and I.
We (my husband and I ) really got into canning last year and fell for fresh produce at the farmers markets.After our move ( a little closer to them,i.e. closer to future garden!) they mentioned they wanted to plant a garden for us all to share and I had a feeling some good-lookin' produce would soon be on it's way.
It was and I am thrilled!
A few days ago I get a voicemail to come by their house once I get off work to pick up some produce from the garden.About four days prior to this voicemail,he dropped a big bag of produce by my house.And that phone call wass for more of the same fresh produce goodness: hot peppers,cucumbers, and yellow crookneck squash.So with the bag from this past weekend and this bounty now in front of me I HAVE TO MAKE SOMETHING WITH SQUASH IN IT. HAVE TO.
Oh what comes to mind,some sort of casserole.Cheesy,buttery,crusty,herb-filled casserole, I just knew there was a recipe right in front of me that would satisfy my craving for casserole.It was right in front of me,on the shelf in my mother-in-law's kitchen, literally right in front of me .I found it in the Great
it was on.
Here's Zucchini Pie made with yellow squash.
Here's what choo need: yellow squash (or zucchini),one medium onion,butter,fresh parsley,various spices,two eggs,one 8-oz can refrigerated crescent rolls,dijon mustard and Muenster cheese.
Slice the yellow squash and onion thin. I used my handy-dandy mandolin and trust me this baby will come in handy when slicing cucumbers for pickles.
Heat the butter in a large skillet,cook down the squash and onion for aout 10 minutes until tender.Toss with the spices.Then stir in shredded cheese and eggs.
Next roll out the crescent rolls into a 9 x 13 baking dish and brush the dijon mustard all over the dough.
Bake that delicious casserole in the oven for 18-20 minutes and get ready for some goodness on your plate.
****(quick note-the great thing about this recipe is that you have most of these ingredients in your cabinets and fridge. The only thing I had to buy was the crescent rolls and cheese.And with squash being in season right now,you can get a deal on it. See even more reasons to love this casserole.)
Zucchini (squash) Pie
adapted from Great Performances cookbook
1/4 cup butter
4 cups thinly sliced squash
1 cup onion,thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp basil ( I had some fresh chopped basil frozen,just used some of that.)
1/4 tsp oregano
2 eggs,well beaten
8 ounces Muenster cheese,shredded
8 ounce can refrigerated crescent rolls
2 tsp dijon mustard.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.Saute' zucchini and onion for about 10 minutes until tender. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Mix in the seasoning and parsley. Combine eggs and cheese and stir into vegetable mixture.
2. Roll out crescent rolls into a un-greased 9x13 baking dish,press together the edges to make a solid rectangle. Brush the dijon mustard on the crescent dough. Pour the vegetable mixture over the dough,smooth over dough and place in the oven. Bake 18-20 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.