NOVEMBER 8, 2016
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This week we are getting more butternut squash, a vegetable that has become a Thanksgiving staple, as much as pumpkin is. Today’s recipe will make a great side dish for the holidays. It is a butternut squash gratin. Both savory and sweet – it’s delicious!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH GRATIN
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 Butternut Squash, peeled and thinly sliced
- ¼ c. chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp. margarine or butter
- ½ c. panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
- 1½ oz. Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Grease a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
- Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt all over the squash. In the prepared baking dish, arrange the squash in overlapping layers.
- Pour the broth into the dish.
- Dot the squash with the butter or margarine. Cover tightly with foil and bake 35 minutes, or until a knife pierces through the squash with only slight resistance.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the panko bread crumbs, Parmesan, oil, thyme, red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until well mixed.
- Uncover the squash and sprinkle evenly with the panko mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes more, or until the crumbs are golden brown. Garnish with thyme sprigs.
I had a conversation with a member last week at the site, in which we discussed what else could be done with butternut squash, and I mentioned butternut squash oven fries. She seemed insterested, and they really are delicious , so here’s the recipe:
BUTTERNUT SQUASH OVEN FRIES
- 1 small (1-2 lb) butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and sliced into “fries”
- 1 tbsp. olive oil (you can use more if needed!)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne powder
- Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner if available (placing the fries right on the pan works too!)
- Place the fries into a bowl with the olive oil. Toss until all the fries are coated. Season with the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
- Pour the squash onto the baking sheet and evenly spread out so no pieces overlap.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Flip, and continue baking for another 10-20 minutes, or until desired crispiness is reached.
- Helpful Hint: Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your squash pieces. If you see browning, you can always flip your fries earlier.
I think you’ll love these dishes. Please enjoy them and have a delicious week!