Make-Ahead Casserole Meals

Casserole Meals

Turkey and Squash Casserole
Makes 10 to 12 servings
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  1. 2 pounds yellow squash, sliced and divided
  2. 2 red bell peppers, chopped and divided
  3. 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  4. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  5. 1 tablespoon salt
  6. 4 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  7. 2 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese,
  8. divided
  9. 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese,
  10. divided
  11. 1 1/2 cups crushed baked cheese crackers*
  12. 1 cup sour cream
  13. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  14. 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  15. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  16. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  17. Garnish: fresh thyme leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13x9-inch or 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large stockpot, combine squash (reserving 1/2 cup), bell peppers (reserving 1/2 cup), onion, garlic, and salt; add water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer until done, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine squash mixture, turkey, 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, crushed crackers, sour cream, egg, thyme, and pepper. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup white Cheddar cheese and remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Bake until hot and bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1/2 cup squash and remaining 1/2 cup bell pepper. Cook until tender and lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Top baked casserole with sautéed squash and bell peppers. Garnish with thyme, if desired.
  6. Serve immediately.
  1. *We used Cheez-It crackers.
Southern Lady Magazine
MAKE-AHEAD INFO: Spray a 13×9-inch or 3-quart freezer-safe baking dish with cooking spray. Follow steps 2 and 3. Spray a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover baking dish, sprayed side down, and freeze. To cook, preheat oven to 300°. Bake, still covered in foil, for 2 hours. Increase oven temperature to 350°, remove foil, and follow step 4.