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How to Cook Squash

[ 0 ] May 6, 2009

How to Cook Squash

Smothered Yellow Squash Recipe. Yellow Crookneck squash is from the family of vegetables called summer squash; which includes zucchini and patty pan squash. Summer squash are named so as they are harvested when the vegetables are young and the skin still tender to eat with little or no cooking. In other words, you can eat summer squash either raw or cooked.

Fresh Summer Squash

Fresh Summer (yellow) Squash

In this recipe, we smothered the squash in a small amount of water with a sweet Texas onion, vibrant red bell pepper, seasonings and crumbled bacon. I had a couple junior cooks that I was teaching how to cook squash – Ashley and Marie.

Prep: 30 minutes
Serves: 6-8 as a side dish

Ingredients for Smothered Squash

4-5 yellow squash, sliced
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced
4 slices bacon
2 cups water or chicken stock
Tony’s or salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Fresh Yellow Squash

Fresh Yellow (summer) Squash

Cooking Directions for Smothered Squash

Begin by heating 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 6 quart pot on medium heat (#6).

Cook the bacon. Set aside on a paper towel to drain and cool.

Saute‘ onion and bell pepper until softened.

Add 2 cups water.

Season with small amount of Tony’s or salt and pepper.

Add the sliced squash.

Crumble the bacon and add to the squash.

Stir well.

Cook covered for 20 minutes.

Serving Suggestions for Smothered Squash

Serve in small bowls as a side item topped with a sprinkling of Italian bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

Optional: Substitute bacon with sliced and cooked sausage or ground pork.

Beryl Stokes

Beryl Stokes


Eggplant Casserole Recipe

[ 5 ] May 2, 2009

Eggplant Casserole Recipe

Eggplant Casserole is made by cooking down cubed and peeled eggplant and mixing with ground meat, shrimp, crawfish or crabmeat.  We serve it is a side dish or as a party dip on crackers. You’ll definitely want to try this Cajun recipe. (Mike thought it would be awful, but he loved it!)

Ingredients for Eggplant Casserole

4 Eggplants
2 cups Cajun Trinity (or frozen seasoning blend)
1 stick of butter or 2-3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 pound ground round
1/2 pound ground pork (or one pound of either one)
Tony’s Creole Seasoning
2 cups bread crumbs
1-2 cups chicken stock


Fresh Eggplant

Cooking Directions for Eggplant Casserole

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a casserole dish with spray oil.

First start by peeling the eggplant.

Cut in half and then cut into strips.  Then, cut crosswise into 1 inch cubes.

Heat in a large pot about 2 cups chicken stock.

Place in the pot the cubed eggplant.

Season with salt and  a sprinkle of Tony’s Creole Seasoning.

Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir occasionally.

Once tender, mash with a whisk or a potato masher to get the lumpy pieces.

Meanwhile, heat 1 stick of butter on medium heat (#6) in a deep skillet.

Cook the ground round beef and ground pork by chopping up with a flat edged wooden spatula.

The meat should all be brown and no pink.

Pour the meat mixture into the eggplant pot.  Stir well.

Then, add in 1 cup of bread crumbs.

Stir to mix all ingredients evenly.

Add seasoning if needed.

Pour into casserole dish and sprinkle with another cup of bread crumbs.

An optional step would be to also sprinkle on Parmesan cheese.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Serving Suggestions for Eggplant Casserole

Serve as a side dish in a small bowl or serve with a good butter cracker or whole wheat cracker for a party.

Other Options for Eggplant Casserole

Replace ground meat with boiled or sautéed shrimp, crawfish, or crab meat.

The seafood really makes for a tasty party dip.

Beryl Stokes

Beryl Stokes

Cajun Rice Dressing

[ 14 ] November 24, 2008

How to Make Rice Dressing

cajun rice dressing

Cajun Rice Dressing


Cajun Rice Dressing, Rice Stuffing, or Cajun Dirty Rice – whatever you call it – this dish is a staple of Cajun Holiday traditions.

In this episode, we made Cajun Rice Dressing in a matter of three basic steps. It’s really easy and sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

Ingredients for Cajun Rice Dressing:

1 pound ground round beef
1 pound lean ground pork
2 links of fresh pork sausage (we used a spicy Andouille sausage)
4 cups Cajun Trinity
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 stick of butter
1 cup chicken stock
3 cups rice
6 cups water
Tony’s Creole Seasoning and salt to taste
Chopped green onions for garnish
½ cup chopped pecans for garnish

Step One: Make rice according to package directions.

Step Two: Melt butter in a deep skillet. Slice into the casing on the sausage and remove the meat inside. Place all meat in the skillet. On medium high heat, cook the meats by chopping to a fine ground meat mixture. It should take about 10 minutes. Add the Cajun Trinity, minced garlic and ½ cup chicken stock. Cover and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and clumping.

Step Three: Using a large mixing bowl, blend together meat mixture and rice. It should be a good 50/50 mix. Season to taste and stir well. Pour into a casserole dish or 13 x 9 baking pan. Garnish with chopped green onions and pecans. Serve hot.

Notes: May be used as a stuffing for turkey, chicken, or a pork roast. Rice dressing, or rice stuffing, is also a great side dish. When served as a side item, we call it Dirty Rice.

Many Cajun recipes also call for the use of poached chicken livers and giblets. Certainly add if you want. We chose not to.

Cajun Cooking TV Chefs

Cajun Cooking TV Chefs