A Surprise Veggie in your Gratin Dish… Rich & Sweet!

  • There’s a reason why Gratin dishes are a favorite of many! Beyond the ease of making a casserole style dish, we get so much more from the popular Gratin dish…a crunchy golden brown crust, a creamy inside, and grated cheeses for our cheese lovers. YUM! So, you can’t go wrong by making a yummy Gratin style side dish. But, you can still get creative and change out your usual potato for BUTTERNUT SQUASH!

    YUM! Maybe Thanksgiving will have a new star side dish at the table this year! This recipe is from Aimee at Simple Bites. We agree that it’s uncomplicated and a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal. Her family loved it at Thanksgiving time. We can see why. However, we’re pretty sure that many of us would want to make this yummy squash dish all year round, too.

    Butternut Squash Gratin! 

    photo: Simple Bites
    photo: Simple Bites

    Butternut squash is a nutty flavored squash that becomes yummy, rich and sweet and so delicious when roasted in the oven. We love it! A favorite way to make butternut squash is to easily peel it, to dice it, drizzle olive oil on it, add some salt and pepper and bake. Simple and so good. But, why not make this veggie a star in our fave Gratin style dish? Adding grated parmesan cheese to this veggie is a winning move. It’s easy and delicious.


    • 3 cups butternut squash, 3/4 inch chunks
    • 1 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 2 tbsp. mayo
    • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated  OR  sharp cheddar cheese
    • 1/3 cup Panko / bread crumbs
    • pepper to taste

    Make It:

    1. Heat oven 350 degrees, F. Butter an 8 inch baking dish.
    2. In medium pot, bring squash to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water and drain.
    3. Cook onions in oil, medium heat, nonstick skillet. Stir and cook until tender.
    4. In medium bowl, beat egg, salt and mayo. Add 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, Panko, sautéed onions and squash. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Combine gently.
    5. Spoon mixture in prepared baking dish and sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese on top.  Bake for 1 hour, or until heated through, with cheese slightly browned.

    YUM! We’re always happy to find an easy and creamy veggie dish.

    Recipe source: http://www.simplebites.net

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