Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole

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Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole

Squash Apple Casserole
Combine apples, nuts, raisins and squash for a delicious seasonal casserole. Image by Patti Wigington 2012

By the time Samhain rolls around, the gardens are starting to dwindle down just a bit. There's not a lot left to harvest... unless you've planted squash. I love squash, in all of its different types and forms. From zucchinis, which I start picking around early July and through the end of September, to my tasty delicatas that are perfect in cold dishes, the entire squash family is versatile and hardy. If you grow butternut squashes, you can typically pick those up until around the beginning of November, although that will depend on your planting zone.

This recipe is absolutely my favorite thing to bake during the fall harvest season. I use butternut squashes for it, but you can use pretty much any fall squash - acorn squashes or even pumpkins work well if you have them on hand. If you've had a chance to go apple picking, it makes this even better because you can use apples you collected yourself! What's a better fall meal than a dish full of squash, apples, golden raisins, and nuts?

I usually make this in large batches, because that way we can have it for dinner one night, as a side the next evening, and I can usually get at least one or two lunch servings out of it. Make as much as you think your family will eat - it's also great for potluck dinners!

A few thoughts before we start - there's no need to email me to let me know that some people don't eat bacon or are allergic to nuts or hate Gorgonzola cheese. I like to put bacon in this, because bacon makes me happy. If you're a vegetarian, I shouldn't have to tell you this, but just leave the bacon out. Likewise, if you hate the taste of Gorgonzola cheese, leave it out. Allergic to nuts? Leave them out!


  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cubed (peeling is optional, but I leave mine on)
  • 1/2 pound bacon, browned and chopped into little bits
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 Cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 1 stick butter, cubed
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar (optional - skip it if you don't like sweet stuff)
  • A pinch of salt


Mix everything together in a bowl, and then spoon it into a really big greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 for about an hour, mixing occasionally. Once you've taken it out of the oven, let it cool for about ten minutes before serving. Serve as a side or a main course for your fall celebrations - the possibilities are endless!

More Fall Recipe Ideas

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a delicious addition to just about any seasonal feast, and at Samhain, the pumpkins are everywhere! When you remove the seeds from your pumpkins (which is all part of carving a Jack-O-Lantern!) you can rinse them off, roast them, and season them with just about any flavor you like.
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake: Pumpkins are just about everywhere you look in October. If you're someone who loves the taste of pumpkin, try making a pumpkin cheesecake to add to your Samhain feast!
  • Soul Cakes: Soul cakes were traditionally given out on Samhain to anyone who came tapping at the door. This was one of the origins of today's Halloween trick-or-treating. Make your own soul cakes for your Samhain rituals, using one of our four easy recipes.
  • Crockpot Apple Butter: Apple butter is a delicious treat all year long, and if you make it in the fall with fresh apple sauce, you can preserve it to eat later on. Enjoy this tasty spread on warm bread, or just straight from the jar!