Thursday, 13 November 2008

SMASHED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND POTATO GRATIN

Hmm, not many minutes left in the day to post so this will be a quick one as I am determined not to backdate.

Chris's sister is staying and I made a quick dinner of smashed butternut squash and potato gratin adapted from a recipe in Feast.



Just peel and chop one butternut squash and two large potatoes (I used baking potatoes but these should be floury for preference, you're aiming for about 1.25kg of veg). Melt 75g of butter and add the vegetables along with 750ml of milk (skimmed is fine if you're wondering), four whole spring onions, a tablespoon of sea salt and a good heavy grinding of black pepper. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. While this is simmering preheat the oven to 220˚C and butter a fairly large gratin dish that will hold all of the vegetables and milk. After the 20 minutes remove the spring onions and tip everything (carefully) into the dish adding some fresh thyme. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of semolina or couscous over the top of the dish and dot with butter. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbling and serve with a green salad.

This is also great just made with potatoes or with a few rashers of chopped smoked bacon added to the gratin dish.

5 comments:

Jeanne said...

Oh YUM! Looks like perfect winter comfort food, and the addition of bacon just sounds like heaven. Everything is better with bacon...

Zarah Maria said...

You're so well behaved, what with no back-posting ;) The gratin looks heavenly, and what do you know, I have a butternut squash and a bag of floury potatoes on the counter...

Sam said...

That looks gorgeous!

racheleats said...

I am making this tonight, looks like a feast.

Gemma said...

Thanks all, I hope you enjoy it Rachel.

Gemma x