Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Aunt Winnie's Famous Squash Casserole

I have been chomping at the bits for some of Aunt Winnie's Famous Squash Casserole. For years, we called it Aunt Winnie's Squash Casserole, but everyone who gets a delectable portion wants the recipe. Therefore, I have officially added "Famous" to the title this year. I have never seen this recipe anywhere else, but in her recipe collection, which I was lucky enough to inherit. This casserole is cheesy, buttery, filled with fresh yellow squash, and even  has a little kick.

My parents both grew up in Seminole County, Georgia. Aunt Winnie moved down the road to Colquitt, when she married. She was over forty when she married, but daddy always referred to her as an Old Maid. On the other hand, I always thought that she was absolutely beautiful, with perfume sprayers and big dusting powder puffs for after baths. She had shoes to match every outfit, and a play by number keyboard, which was the neatest thing.

After she married, she always hosted Thanksgiving dinner. My mother and her sister Aunt Nettie Doris would get up early and prepare their specialty dishes, but Aunt Winnie was always the star of the show.
Colquitt, is a very small town in Southwest Georgia, but has a quaint little shopping street.
It is also the home of the Mayhaw Festival and has several Mayhaw Jelly businesses. 
Several years ago, the historic Tarrer Inn was restored and is now a lovely bed and breakfast with a traditional southern dining room. It is definitely a place to visit if you are ever in the area. 

Aunt Winnie's Famous Squash Casserole

1 1/2 cup yellow squash, cooked and salted
1 cup diced or shredded cheese
1 cup crushed saltine crackers
2 Tablespoons minced parsley flakes
3 Tablespoons chopped red pimento
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup scalded milk
Red pepper, black pepper, and salt to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together in a buttered quart casserole.
Bake in a 350 degree oven 45 minutes to one hour.
It can be prepared the day before and baked on your special holiday. 

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