Cheesy Crawfish-Yellow Squash Casserole

Crawfish-Yellow Squash CasseroleThis casserole came out delicious.  The blanched kale “platters” were an afterthought, but I figured at the very least, it would  make a lovely photo.  Maybe they would even be good together.  Good decision!  Even my husband thought they complimented each other and what a lovely color contrast as well!

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3 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 c. celery, chopped

¼ c. each red and green bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 small yellow squash (about 6″ long)

¼ tsp. salt

12 oz. crawfish tail meat (I buy Boudain’s frozen at Walmart)

2 slices my gluten-free focaccia bread (or plan/phase suitable bread)

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

2 slices Cheddar cheese, diced or shredded

1½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (or Emeril’s seafood blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut squash lengthwise into 4 quarters.  Then slice the wedges into ½” slices.  Chop the celery, onion, red and green pepper coarsely.   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium high heat.  Saute the vegetables altogether just until about half tender (they’ll finish cooking in the oven.  Add garlic, Seafood Spice Blend and salt.  Stir and saute a couple minutes longer.  Add crawfish tails, stir & turn off heat.  Crumble one of the slices of focaccia into the mixture. Stir to mix.  Place 4 slices of American cheese on the top of the mixture.  Crumble the second slice of bread over the top and finally top with the diced/shredded Cheddar.  Place lid or foil on top and pop into 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until top bread crumbs and cheese just begin to brown.   Serve directly from the skillet the casserole baked in or as I did, atop blanched leaves of kale (submerged 2 min. in boiling water, removed gently and drained on paper towels).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains: (not including kale option)

237.5 calories

20.71 g fat

7.15 g carbs, 1.60 g fat, 5.55 g NET CARBS

19.7 g protein

724 mg sodium

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