Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage

This gratin was very well received by my husband.  He loves blue cheese.

Butternut Squash Gratin with Blue Cheese and Sage
From Cooking Light
Serves 6

5 cups (3/4-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
1 slice white bread (1 1/2-ounce)
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cups thinly sliced onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cooking Spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  

Steam butternut squash, covered, 10 minutes or until tender.

Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 12 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup.  Transfer to a small bowl; add 2 teaspoons oil, and toss with a fork to combine.

Lightly grease a 1-1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish with a drizzle of olive oil.
Use a mandolin or chef’s knife to slice the squash and potatoes into very thin slices, 1/8 inch or less.  Toss the sliced vegetables with 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl.

Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add sliced onion to pan; saute 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl.  Add butternut squash, chopped sage, salt, and black pepper to bowl, and toss gently to combine.  Spoon squash mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese evenly over squash mixture, and sprinkle evenly with breadcrumb mixture.  Bake an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and crumbs are golden brown.


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