Sharing with Sherry Esser: October squash-butternut

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8:12 AM


What a wonderful way to celebrate October on even an ordinary weeknight. Off and running you can still have a homecooked meal within minutes. Presenting this simple meal, cranberry glazed ham loaf, coleslaw and apple squash will impress the family. Hey, maybe you decide to have a guest at the spur of the moment. You are ready, creating a lasting memory.

Ham Loaf with cranberry glaze

2# ground smoked ham

3/4 lb etra lean ground beef

1 cup soft bread crumbs

1 cup cranberry juice cocktail

2 eggs slightly beaten

Glaze

1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp dry mustard

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine all loaf ingredients.  Mix well.  Shape into 2 loafs.  Place side by side in ungreased 9-inch square pan.  Bake one hour.  Drain.  In small saucepan combine all glaze ingredients.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Simmer one minute or until brown sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly.  Baste an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until meat is firm, basting frequently.  Let stand five minutes before serving.  Two loaves, five servings each.

Apple squash

1 small butternut or buttercup squash

1/2 cup apple cider or water

2 small apples, peeled and cubed

2 tbsp. sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp. margarine or butter

Can microwave or conventionally cook

Peel and seed squash, cut into 1/2′ cubes.  Place squah and cidr in 1 1/2 qt microwave-safe dish.  Cover microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes or until squah tender, stirring once halfway thru cooking. Add remaining ingredients mix well.  Cover, microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until squash and apples are very tendr stirring once during cooking.  Serve immediately. Can mash before serving. 6 1/2 cup servings.  Convenntially, can cook 10-12 minutes. Add remaining ingredients.  Cover and cook over med hyeat 4-5 minutes or til squash and apples are tender.

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