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
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:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and thyme and cook until softened.
- 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!
- 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?
- Drain squash and add to the pan with onions and thyme.
- 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.
- Gently stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Cook until slightly thickened.
- Transfer to a baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the gratin rest for 5 minutes before devouring.
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.