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Recently I read a quote that says “cook like you don’t have to clean.” There so much freedom in the thought of cooking without reservations and allowing the mess to pile up in the name of great food. The problem with that quote, is that no matter how great the meal is, the pots and pans need to be scrubbed, the dishes need to be rinsed and it all has to get done before bedtime!
I’m teaming up with Scotch-Brite™ Brand to share with you my go-to Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole Recipe.
This casserole is delicious and a little messy, but with help from Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, you will cook, clean and have plenty of time to spend with those you love.
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoons of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
2 teaspoons of dry thyme
2 teaspoons of dry basil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a medium casserole dish
Toss the cubed bread in a roasting pan and bake until golden. Approximately five minutes but watch it carefully!
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the sausage. Cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the sausage and brown (for about 8 minutes). Add the leeks and squash and cook down until the leeks are soft, about 3 minutes (you may add a little chicken broth to pick up the brown bits off the bottom). Add salt, pepper, thyme and basil. Add the focaccia cubes and 1 tablespoon of butter and toss until the butter melts.
In the meantime, whisk the egg and chicken broth in a bowl until smooth; stir in the 1/2 cup of the parmesan. Pour the broth mixture over the bread mixture; cook until the liquid is absorbed by the bread, about 1 minute and transfer into the prepared casserole dish. (You can stop here if you are making this dish the night before, cover and put it in the refrigerator)
Scatter the 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly on top and bake until golden and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes before serving.
Ok, so once you make this delicious recipe, you are going to have to clean up. For this mess, my tool of choice is the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge! Some people like to use dish cloths, but I am #TeamSponge all the way!
I think it’s important to have the Right Tools for Every Surface and for this casserole dish and my oven, I like the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. It removes tough baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges and can be used on pots, pans and oven racks (psss…. I also use it on my garage door!) Then, after the casserole dish an the oven are clean, I use the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and clean the sink, the counters, and stovetop!
I say cook like you know the cleaning is a piece of cake!