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Yellow Cheddar Squash Casserole
6 cups yellow squash, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper, optional
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup blanched almond flour, divided
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk, half-n-half or cream
3 tablespoons sour cream, optional
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (powdery style)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large non-stick skillet, saute yellow squash and onion in 2-3 tablespoons of butter (do not add water). Stir-fry until tender (cover for a bit, if necessary, to help cook it more quickly); transfer cooked squash and onions to a medium mixing bowl (drain off any juices). In a separate bowl or glass measuring cup, beat eggs, milk, sour cream and Parmesan. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste; set aside.
In a small bowl, mix 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese with 1/2 cup almond flour; toss with fork or spoon until well mixed. Add the almond flour/cheese mixture to the bowl of squash; toss and combine well. Pour beaten egg and milk mixture into squash mixture and combine.
In a separate small bowl, place remaining 1/2 cup of almond flour and remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Cut butter into the almond flour (like you do when you make the topping for a fruit crisp) with a pastry/dough blender. Once butter is cut in and the mixture is crumbly, add remaining 1 cup of cheddar and cut into mixture with dough blender until crumbly. Pour squash mixture into a lightly greased baking or casserole dish; top with the flour/butter/cheddar crumb mixture and season with black pepper and paprika, if desired. Bake in a 375 degree oven for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and done.
*Note: If all liquid hasn't cooked off the squash when it's done, I dump it into a colander and allow it to sit for a few minutes until all has drained off.