The most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums EatingTours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider
Forum Themes:
Welcome !

 Hap's Casserole

Author Message
pearlie

  • Total Posts: 5
  • Joined: 8/11/2003
  • Location: toronto, NY
Hap's Casserole Mon, 08/11/03 5:47 PM (permalink)
Hi--I'm new here, but a long-time fan of the Sterns

A southern side I loved, but have lost the recipe for, is a baked dish using yellow zucchini, crackers, cheese, and onions.

I found this recipe originally in Gourmet some years ago, in one of the Sterns' columns for that magazine. It was called "Hap's Casserole," after the cook who created it.

Now that yellow zucchini's all over the place up here in Toronto, I'd like to find the recipe again.

Could anyone help, please?

pearl
 
#1
    Michael Stern

    RE: Hap's Casserole Tue, 08/12/03 8:58 AM (permalink)
    That would be the work of Hap Townes, former owner of the late, great eponymous eatery in Nashville. Here's the recipe, as it ran back in 1994:

    Squash Casserole
    Shel Silverstein, who used to come to Nashville regularly, liked squash casserole so much, Hap Townes recalls, that one day when Shel arrived to find that the kitchen had run out of it, he fled the restaurant with his hands in the air.
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 cup chopped onion
    4 cups cooked squash, mashed
    1 cup grated mild cheese (Hap uses Velveeta)
    1 cup milk
    1 cup cracker crumbs
    1 teaspoon salt
    paprika
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    In a large skillet, saute onion in butter over medium heat until it is limp. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the squash and mix well. Stir in cheese, milk, 3/4 cup of the cracker crumbs, and salt.
     
    #2
      Texicana

      • Total Posts: 185
      • Joined: 7/19/2003
      • Location: Ashland, KY
      RE: Hap's Casserole Tue, 08/12/03 9:53 AM (permalink)
      Yet another side dish idea!
       
      #3
        pearlie

        • Total Posts: 5
        • Joined: 8/11/2003
        • Location: toronto, NY
        RE: Hap's Casserole Tue, 08/12/03 1:18 PM (permalink)
        Thank you so much for your quick reply, Michael, and it's a pleasure to meet you onscreen.

        You've brightened up a superhumid and horrid early August here on the north shore of Lake Ontario.



         
        #4
          Art Deco

          • Total Posts: 888
          • Joined: 6/12/2002
          • Location: Nashville, TN
          RE: Hap's Casserole Wed, 08/20/03 10:19 AM (permalink)
          I much prefer to take yellow squash, cut it into small chunks, shake it in a bag with seasoned cornmeal (salt & pepper), pan fry it (much as you would do okra), add chopped onion after a few minutes, allow it to fry long enough to build up losts of good crusty bits, and then top with grated extra-sharp cheddar off the heat. I have never had left-overs of this dish...
           
          #5
            Texicana

            • Total Posts: 185
            • Joined: 7/19/2003
            • Location: Ashland, KY
            RE: Hap's Casserole Wed, 08/20/03 11:30 AM (permalink)
            Pogophiles does the squash let go of a lot of water? Or do you precook it in the oven so that the liquid can be drained off, like eggplant for baba ganoush?
             
            #6
              Art Deco

              • Total Posts: 888
              • Joined: 6/12/2002
              • Location: Nashville, TN
              RE: Hap's Casserole Wed, 08/20/03 1:00 PM (permalink)
              It doesn't give off that much water, and what does quickly evaporates (I cook this over medium heat, but am careful to make sure the pan preheats sufficiently before adding the oil, and then allow the oil to heat up a bit as well)...
               
              #7
                NancyPeter

                • Total Posts: 233
                • Joined: 6/10/2003
                • Location: Voorhees, NJ
                RE: Hap's Casserole Sun, 09/14/03 10:56 AM (permalink)
                Pogophiles, seeing that you live in Nashville, were you ever lucky enough to have lunch at Hap Townes
                 
                #8
                  LizzieR

                  • Total Posts: 92
                  • Joined: 8/11/2003
                  • Location: Middle Village, NY
                  RE: Hap's Casserole Wed, 10/22/03 9:36 PM (permalink)
                  Paula Dean, who has a Southern cooking show on Food TV, offers a similar recipe using sour cream instead of milk. She also sautees the squash until soft and then squeezes out the moisture in a tea towel. If you don't do this, the casserole will be watery. They top with the cracker crumbs and bake. It's delicious.
                   
                  #9
                    Online Bookmarks Sharing: Share/Bookmark

                    Jump to:

                    Current active users

                    There are 0 members and 2 guests.

                    Icon Legend and Permission

                    • New Messages
                    • No New Messages
                    • Hot Topic w/ New Messages
                    • Hot Topic w/o New Messages
                    • Locked w/ New Messages
                    • Locked w/o New Messages
                    • Read Message
                    • Post New Thread
                    • Reply to message
                    • Post New Poll
                    • Submit Vote
                    • Post reward post
                    • Delete my own posts
                    • Delete my own threads
                    • Rate post

                    2000-2014 ASPPlayground.NET Forum Version 3.9
                    What is Roadfood?  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright 2011 - Roadfood.com