This hotdish definitely takes a little prep. Yesterday I cooked the bacon, roasted the squash, and cut up some old bread for croutons so I could bake the casserole today.
1 large acorn squash, roasted and mashed (2 cups)
2 c croutons (you can cut up old bread and let it sit out overnight)
1 T butter
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 t rubbed sage
1 t poultry seasoning
1/2 t salt
freshly-ground black pepper
1 c vegetable broth
8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 c grated sharp Cheddar
Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onions until tender and slightly brown. Stir in the seasonings and croutons and cook for about a minute. Add the vegetable broth, squash and bacon, stir and scoop into a greased 2 quart baking dish. Bake for 20 min at 350F. Sprinkle the Cheddar cheese on top and bake for another 5-10 min until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbly.
Would I make this recipe again? Oh yes! And I want to try this with turkey, too. The original recipe calls for 2-3 cups cubed, cooked turkey, and I think you'll need something bigger than a 2 qt baking dish as mine was pretty full with only about a cup of meat.