Squash Five Ways in Five Days – Day 1

Hello world! Ready for day one of some great fall recipes?? I bet you’ve never been so excited about squash in your entire life.

Now I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods today, but here in sweet home Chicago it is cold and windy (go figure). The squash recipe I decided to use as my five day challenge premier is a comforting side dish that will keep you warm on chilly fall nights like this – butternut squash gratin. This is a melt in your mouth kind of side dish that will compliment any fall meal. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did!

Butternut Squash Gratin

squash gratin

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and thyme and cook until softened.
  3. While your onions are cooking, prep your squash! Peel, cut in half, remove guts and seeds, and chop into 1 inch cubes. I’m making this sound easier than it actually is. But hey, look! You get pretty squash spirals when you’re done!squash spirals
  4. Place squash in a microwave safe bowl and add about 1/2 cup of water to the bottom. Microwave for about 5 minutes or until tender. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Okay?
  5. Drain squash and add to the pan with onions and thyme.
  6. Sautee the squash and onions for a few minutes, season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the chicken stock. Cook until the stock is mostly absorbed – about 5 minutes.
  7. Gently stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Cook until slightly thickened.
  8. Transfer to a baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let the gratin rest for 5 minutes before devouring.

gratin served

I served my squash gratin with steak and roasted vegetables for dinner. Then I ate some out of the baking dish. Then I ate some for leftovers at lunch the next day. Then it was gone and I felt sad.

So I bought another butternut squash.

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