The RV Chronicles — And then there were six (Recipe: Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole)

It’s been said that a decent cat photo can propel an otherwise quiet living person to virtual fame. For my money, boxer puppy photos win the Internet, but still I present this foggy out-of-focus snapshot for your viewing pleasure…

photo of kitten and author

It only took about six months in the Jimmy Rockford for the neighborhood (feral) cat to adopt us. And it’s all my fault.

I’m ever mindful that good instincts are key to survival in the wild. And Domino, as she came to be known (because of her black and white coat), was darn effective at eluding capture by the local animal cops and eager kids who wanted to pet her.

Enter an eternal softy and a case of canned cat food.

After a few weeks of cautious late-night meals outside the Jimmy Rockford, Domino decided to occasionally socialize with my daughter and I. All of it was on her terms — brushing against my calf and then quickly darting away, or allowing a quick scratch behind her ears as she scampered a safe distance from us.

We learned eventually that Domino was friendlier with those of her own kind.  Yep. Her belly began to tighten, and not because of the canned cat food.

‘Have you seen the babies?’ Catherine would ask me on an almost-daily basis during our long distance telephone calls.

‘No, and I don’t want to,’ I would reply.

It’s one thing for a half-wild animal to show up once in a while. For (a much younger) me, it’s the equivalent of having a girlfriend who lives 75 miles away. It’s just a great arrangement, because… Well, never mind, because the the new mom around here changed all of that. Sure enough, she brought her litter to the Jimmy Rockford. And her timing couldn’t have been better … or worse.

Because Catherine and the boy had permanently joined us just a few days prior, one of those kittens was also destined to become a permanent family member. Oh, and her mother too. Catherine found a home for two of the babies in our old hometown. In fact, they’re friends of ours and have already spoiled their new pets on a Ritz Carlton level.

As for Domino and Pinky Tuscadero (our kitten), they’ll be eating canned cat food to their hearts’ content for the rest of their nine lives. Right here at home.

—30—

Remember the commercial in which Robby Benson (‘Ode to Billy Joe’) and Donny Most (aka ‘Ralph Malph’) collided on a busy street corner? Benson’s peanut butter and Most’s chocolate became mixed in the process, and the world’s love affair with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was forever changed.

While I have no expectations that Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole might soon be available at every gas station in the free world — or that millions of young ladies might crush on me a la Benson — it’s a bang up combo. The tang of the pimento cheese and the slight sweetness of summer squash go together like … Well, you know.

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Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole

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Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole — A tangy, cheesy twist on the original Southern dish.

 

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Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole
 
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Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole — A tangy, cheesy twist on the original Southern dish.
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 – Medium yellow summer squashed, sliced about ½-inch thick
  • ¼ cup – Yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup – Pimento Cheese
  • 1½ cups (about 1 sleeve) – Crushed saltines**
  • 2 TB – Butter, melted**
  • 1 TB – Neutral oil (vegetable, grapeseed, canola, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the squash and onions in oil until crisp tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Allow mixture to cool for 15-20 minutes, then mix with prepared pimento cheese.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix butter into crackers.
  5. Place squash mixture in an oiled 2-quart casserole dish.
  6. Top with crackers.
  7. Bake uncovered until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
Notes
**- You can substitute a sleeve of butter-flavored snack crackers (Ritz) for the saltines and butter, but I've had better results with this recipe using the saltines.

 

Comments

  1. THAT is brilliant! Wow :)

  2. Wow Adam…my mind would never have thought of adding the pimento cheese in there, even though it is one of my favorite things, just in the whole wide world, think you so very much for sharing. My boss man and lady are going to be thrilled with this recipe as well.

    • adamjholland says:

      My mind wouldn’t have either, Adele. It was the only good thing that came from a dream I had recently. ;-) I hope you enjoy it, and it’s good seeing you.

  3. Sounds and Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try this

  4. Hmm…………now these are two things I dearly love – as all southerner do – so I am going to give this little gem a try!

  5. You ol’ softy ‘n proud papa you! :) Domino and Pinky T will have much happier and healthier lives thanks to you guys!! You did a good thing. ;) :) And that dish???!!!! Good heavens!! What a smash hit combo!!

  6. Sometimes we are weirdly on the same plateau, Adam. We just adopted our third homeless cat last month and I made pimento cheese last week, first time in more years than I can remember. Both amount to bliss.

  7. In my opinion anything tastes better with pimento cheese. I have a lot of time to make up for as I never knew it existed until probably some time in my 30′s! Well, that’s so long ago I can’t remember! And I’m not so sure that you adopted that cat. Sounds like Domino adopted you. Probably for leftovers…

  8. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Oh gosh Adam, YES PLEASE! What a great recipe. And I love that you took in the new kitties. xo

  9. Definitely another historic collision here. Sounds super delicious, Adam.

    Ah, another closeted cat person. Those strays are vicious cute and like to sneak up on your heart.

  10. Oh you old softie, you! Beautiful markings on that little sweetie. Why am I not surprised that you’ve not only taken in 2 fur babies but also found homes for the others?
    I’m going to admit that I’ve never tried pimento cheese but please don’t judge me. It’s not that I’m not willing to try it, I’ve just never run across it. That said, I am going to keep an eye out because this sounds like a very nice combination.

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