MELBA'S SWAP SHOP
SQUASH IN MORE RECIPES
DEAR READERS: Happy first day of spring! It must mean it's time to start thinking about fresh vegetables. I recently found a stack of mail from years ago that included squash recipes in response to a request from Gary Royse. Susan Insell, of Edmond, shared the following recipe she described as similar to one served by the Black-Eyed Pea restaurant. I realize you don't have squash out of your garden yet, but this might be an incentive to plant some.
5 pounds medium-sized yellow squash
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 stick butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
Salt, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• Grease or spray 3-quart casserole with nonstick spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Clean squash and remove ends. Cut into fourths.
• In large saucepan, bring to boil enough water to cover squash. Add squash. Return to boil. Reduce heat and cook until squash is tender. Drain well and mash.
• Combine mashed squash with beaten eggs, 1-cup breadcrumbs, butter, sugar, salt, onions and pepper. Spread in prepared casserole. Sprinkle with a light layer of additional breadcrumbs. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serves 10.
Jean Fuqua, of Edmond; Mary Carr, of Blackwell, and Norma Dooley, of Oklahoma City, shared similar recipes.
DEAR MELBA: If readers would like to can some relish to serve with beans and cornbread, this is the recipe for them.
12 to 14 cups chopped yellow squash
2 cups chopped onions
2 bell peppers or hot peppers, chopped
2 carrots, chopped