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Friday, July 1, 2011

Zucchini Pie...well Squash Pie really.

 Now here is one fine cookbook that supports one fine organization,but for someone unknown reason I cannot for the life of me get the title right.Let's take a clearer look folks.
     Yep the title of this fine cookbook is called 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.

Moving on.

   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 Expectations Performances cookbook and after I read through it,  
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.
This was one of the best casseroles I have ever had...fresh,cheesy,savory and with a divine crescent-roll crust. This is the third recipe I have made from the Great Performances cookbook and I can't wait to make more fantastic recipes in the future! Enjoy you some casserole while the squash and zucchini gettin' is soooo good. Love me some summertime produce.

****(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
serves 6-8
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.


  1. Yum, I can't wait to make this!!

  2. Looks delicious! I need to get some crescent rolls. Really nice that you have access to such fresh produce!

  3. hee hee hee...well, this this cookbook sounds like it lives up to it's name...whichever one you call it ;) And...YUM! That looks excellent. How fortunate you are to have a good m.i.l!! =) (not that I don't...cuz I do...just sayin')

    p.s..I received my package today. THANK YOU! I absolutely love everything, what a fabulous surprise. I can't wait to start eating :D