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March 9, 2011

Living in the CSA: Cheesy butternut squash and quinoa casserole recipe

1eIMG_1641.jpgThis is not exactly a pretty recipe, to say the least. I'd say that most casseroles aren't. But it's tasty and filling -- and it definitely made the "keeper" list in our house. Plus you could easily swap out the squash for some other vegetable in a pinch.

Recipe: Cheesy Butternut Squash & Quinoa Casserole

Adapted from Meals and Miles

1-2 small-medium butternut squash
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 red onion
3 garlic cloves
3 links apple chicken sausage
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded cheese
1 T rosemary
1 T oregano
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 375.

Peel, hollow, and cut the butternut squash into small bite size pieces. Sprinkle with nutmeg, salt, and pepper and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. (Note: I find it much easier to roast the squash with the skin on, so I did that -- I set two small to medium squash on a cookie sheet and roasted them at 350 degrees for about an hour. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Peel the skin off [most of it will come off easily]. Then dice the squash and sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg.)

In a casserole dish combine, all of the ingredients above + the cooked butternut squash. Cover  and bake for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake 10 more minutes.

Another note: I've tripled the amount of sausage the original recipe called for, and I added a little more of everything else to compensate, too, but to still fit in the dish. Next time I make this, I'm going to cut everything, especially the squash, into smaller pieces.

(Photo by me)
Posted by Sarah Kickler Kelber at 11:47 AM | | Comments (16)
Categories: CSA, Living in the CSA, Recipes


Please include yields in the CSA recipes you post.

Good point. I'd say 6-8 servings? I didn't really measure it out like that, but I will pay more attention in the future.

This quinoa casserole looks very interesting. I love one dish meals - they may not look pretty, but they give me a chance to clean the kitchen while they are baking and make it easy to serve a complete meal to everyone. I imagine the sausage adds a lot of flavor. Mmm...

Is there some kind of hippie takeover happening? Did they give out hackey-sacks and neti pots at the last union meeting? Are you all high on salvia and patchouli? Is your Jefferson Airplane LP stuck on replay?

I'm putting this photo on my refrigerator door. I predict I will lose 15 pounds in a month just looking at this peristaltic detritus in a casserole dish. I just showed the picture to my dog and he hung himself.

The photos have been so horrible, that I haven't been interested in reading the text. Is this some kind of way of getting rid of leftovers from your hippie jamborees? Some kind of Lenten foodie hair shirt? Ironic recipes from 1962 Good Housekeeping?

Can't wait for your key-party fondue recipes.

Wow Jeff Garcia-Lorca, your comment is about as stuffed with hilarious Hippie references as that cassarole is with CSA bounty.

Bitter much?

That basin of emetica rustica reminds me of when my aunt made tofu casserole with the placenta of her baby, Moonrock.

Somewhere near Santa Barbara there is a tofu-lentil casserole growing under a red maple tree. Some day it will spring from the earth and lead a new race of Southern California surfer C.H.U.D.s. May God help us all.

Has anyone ever seen Jeff Garcia-Lorca and Owl Meat in the same place at the same time?

Owl Meet is a douche. One of those smarmy in-crowd people. Has anyone ever seen him period?

I am a wizard, a true star, who uses his real name and can be found bartending Mon thru Thurs at Bill Batemans. Stop by for a turbo painkiller and killer wings. Boo ya! Ask for J-Loko.

I've never been seen with Batman either, Hal. Same math works.

Jeff, your contempt only gives me strength. You're just jealous that Hal and I haven't invited you to our in-crowd parties. Play your cards right and you could be playing Yahtzee with the swells.

J G-L, you forgot to mention tiger blood. :-)

I can make you a tiger blood shooter, Hal. I know a million shooters. Bring your bros, I'll hook you up. You can even bring Meat if you can drag him away from his downtown la-dee-da places like Charleston and La Harumph Blazeeblah. Get down with the real folk at Batemans, if you can handle real people. Boo ya!

Oh, now i see. Someone's fur was rubbed the wrong way when Owlie complained about Towson.

Oh, now i see. Someone's fur was rubbed the wrong way when Owlie complained about Towson.

Ha! That's funny. So, there is life on York Rd

Jeff makes a point. The blog does seem to be dominated by city snobs, as if anythng in the county is bad just because its in the county. I think Batemans has great wings and ribs and all kinds of other things. There nothing like it in the city. Plus i would rather eat in a nice clean place with a parking lot instead of fighting for a parking space in one of your rat infested downtown hoods. I rarely go south of Northern Parkway. Why risk it? For what? Good food and good people, tthat's Batemans.

sounds like a good discussion topic

Has anyone ever seen Jeff Garcia-Lorca and Owl Meat in the same place at the same time?

Well, no, but...I've seen Owl Meat on both sides of Northen Parkway and Jeff Garcia was a back-up quarterback on my 2004 fantasy football team.

No one has ever seen me north of Northern Pkwy. That's a myth that I invented.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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