Saturday, July 14, 2012

Halfway Homemade: Bacon & Tomato Bagel with Simple Squash Casserole

It's that time of the year again! All of the wonderful things we planted in our garden are starting to ripen! We picked a few tomatoes and squash a few days ago and then forgot they were there. We needed to use them before they went bad so my husband came up with the sandwich part of this and the casserole is a recipe that was given to me by someone I work with. 

Thinks you need:
Bacon & Tomato Sandwich:
-Bagels (we used onion)
-Cream cheese
-Bacon (we used 2 pieces for each sandwich)
- 2-3 Tomatoes

Simple Squash Casserole:
- 5-6 Squash
-Ritz crackers (one roll crushed)
-1/2 cup chopped onion (I used one whole vidalia onion since they are small)
-2 eggs
-1 stick of butter (melted) (You will also need some unmelted butter for cooking your squash and onions)
-1 TBS of sugar
-1/2 TSP of pepper
(1 TSP of salt was on the original recipe but we try our best to avoid cooking with salt)

Tomato and Bacon Bagel:
*This was my husbands idea and it turned out wonderful*

All you have to do for this is toast your bagels, cook your bacon, and slice up your tomato. 

I set our up like this so that we could build our own sandwiches.

Smear some cream cheese on your bagel and build your sandwich to your liking with however much bacon and tomato as you would like.

Simple Squash Casserole:

Preheat your oven to 350.

Cut your squash up into chunks that are no more that 1/2 inch thick and chop your onion in to small pieces and put it all in a pan with some butter (not the melted butter, that comes later). Stick a lid on top of the pan to keep moisture in but stir frequently to get it all stirred up and so nothing gets stuck or burned on the bottom.

Once your squash is tender dump it all in a bowl and mash it up (like you would with potatoes). Once it is all mashed, add your two eggs, 1 TBS of sugar, and 1/2 TSP of pepper (also, if you are wanting to use the salt, add the salt at this time.)

Mix it all up and then put it in a baking dish (I used a 9x9). Make sure the top is even and pour your crushed crackers evenly over the top. Then, cover them with the melted butter. Put the casserole into your oven and just kind of watch for the top to look golden...almost like the top is slightly toasted. I pulled ours out before it was completely "toasted" but it was fine.

Then put a serving on your plate.

You will wind up with a delicious meal that has fresh food in it. I think the most rewarding part of this meal is that it consisted of food that we had grown. We tilled the land, made the rows, weeded it, watered it, and picked it. 

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