This is a side dish which is pure flavor, as you can tell just from looking at the ingredients. No particular ingredient overpowers the other so what you get is a perfect culinary taste marriage. I chose to use an asiago cheese as I like the flavor of it when combined with the squash, shallots and garlic. You can use a favorite cheese of yours but I would stick with a "hard" cheese and not one of the softer varieties.
A very easy dish to prepare and goes wonderful with any entree featuring beef or pork. The secret to this dish is the layering of the ingredients.
Ingredients needed to make Asiago Baked Squash with Bacon (serves 2):
- 3 yellow crookneck squash
- 1 cup finely grated Asiago cheese
- 2 shallots minced
- 4 slices smoked bacon, cooked and minced
- 1 Tbs. dried marjoram, crumbled
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbs. heavy cream
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the stem end of the squash. Slice the squash in thin slices.
- Line the bottom of a baking dish with a layer of the squash.
- Over the squash sprinkle a little of the cheese, shallots, bacon, marjoram and garlic. Repeat the step with each layer of squash.
- Over the top layer of squash drizzle the cream, then put the last of the cheese and drizzle that with the olive oil.
- Place in the oven and bake 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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