Mainely Dish: Apple-Squash Casserole

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Looking for a new fall side dish? Try this colorful four-ingredient casserole that uses in-season produce. This recipe requires butternut squash which might be intimidating to use if you haven’t cooked with one before, but here’s a tip! The easiest way to peel and cut a squash is to cut both ends off of the squash, place it on a microwave-safe plate, and microwave on high for ~30 seconds, this makes the skin less tough and easier to peel with a vegetable peeler. 

Butternut squash is a type of winter squash and it has a sweet, nutty taste similar to a pumpkin. It looks cylindrical or sometimes pear-shaped with beige outer skin color. It’s important to know how to store winter squash at home to make it last longer. 

Here are more EFNEP recipes you can make with butternut squash: 


Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Apple Squash Casserole recipe and recipe video.