Sunday, October 25, 2009

Neal Meal Appetizer: An Ellen Original

Yes, this appetizer recipe is an Ellen Neal original called Crispy Baked Parmesan Squash with Creole Sauce. By the end of the summer, we were tired of eating fried squash, so I decided to create a new dish using ingredients from my kitchen (because I hate going to the grocery store!) These actually turned out great! It almost tastes like you are eating fried squash, without all the grease, and the creole sauce really makes it seem like an appetizer in a restaurant. You can either pair it with other vegetables or make it as an appetizer. Your choice! :)

Crispy Baked Parmesan Squash with Creole Sauce

Ingredients: 1 Squash, 2 tsp. Olive Oil, 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Preparation: Slice squash. Drizzle with olive oil. Mix bread crumbs and parmesan together. Coat individual slices with mixture. Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Place squash on pan in an even layer. Sprinkle with creole seasoning and salt. Bake at 350 until golden brown.

Creole Dipping Sauce

Ingredients: 2/3 cup Sour Cream, 1 1/2 dry Ranch Dressing Mix, 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice, 1/4 tsp Creole Seasoning, 1/4 tsp Onion Powder, 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

Preparation: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover, and chill.

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