Halloween approaches. Little goblins and ghouls steal across the horizon. What can you cook that competes with plastic pumpkins full of Snickers bars? This time of year, the earthy flavor of real pumpkin augments all kinds of great dishes. Pumpkin and cheese aren’t two flavors that one immediately puts together, though. Think beyond tangy cheddar, and there are, in fact, plenty of good recipes matching pumpkin with appropriately creamy and mild cheeses.
Consider adding the zesty taste of feta to a rich recipe containing the classic, fall flavors of apple and pumpkin. A feta and pumpkin casserole, suggested by a reader, takes less than an hour to make and will satisfy the hungriest of your little monsters. This examiner can’t take credit for creating the recipe, but has savored the pumpkin and feta taste of autumn. Stir, bake, and sit back and enjoy. Then head out for a happy and safe night of trick-or-treating.
Pumpkin and Feta Cheese Casserole Recipe
• ¼ cup (organic) apple juice
• 1 cup onion, chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tomato, diced
• 1 small zucchini, sliced
• 2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and cubed
• 1 egg (lightly beaten)
• 2 egg whites (lightly beaten)
• ½ cup (low-fat) buttermilk
• ½ cup plain yogurt
• ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon allspice
• ½ cup breadcrumbs
• Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
• Cooking oil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 2 quart baking dish. In a skillet, heat the apple juice on medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring, for two minutes, until onion pieces are soft. Add the garlic, tomato, pumpkin, and zucchini. Heat the vegetables, stirring continuously, for 2 more minutes. Set vegetable mixture aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and the egg whites. Then add the buttermilk and yogurt and whisk. Add the feta, salt, pepper, other spices, and bread crumbs. Then stir in the sautéed vegetables. Mix together well. Then spoon the mixture into your baking dish. Bake the casserole at three hundred seventy five degrees until firm, approximately 25 minutes. Serve casserole while hot. Enjoy the holiday feast.