Sunday, 19 September 2010

Butternut Gratin

Around this time last year, the Sunday Time's Magazine printed an article with recipes for pumpkins and squash’s. Deep in my bank of travelling tatt newspaper cuttings, I dug up the gem.

I remember having a conversation about it with a few of my percussion colleagues, and getting a little bit over excited .. not quite hyper-ventilating… but close!!!

I remember being completely obsessed, doing all the recipes and nagging everyone else to try them... !!

Do you remember 

the first of many gourd recipes I hope to be trying...

So… Yesterday I made a butternut squash gratin

adapted from the Sunday Times Magazine, September 2009 ( and a few extras added in by me for the lark)
  • 200mls 30% fat cream
  • a large squash
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 finely chopped tomato
  • nutmeg
  • salt n' pepper
  • 125g full fat mozzarella  preferably a good creamy brand
you can of course use parmesan as the recipe stated but I prefer mozzers,

Peel the squash.

Chop the squash into two parts the long section and the round bulbous section.

Deseed the bottom part and chop into small chunks, boil the chunks for about 10 mins.

Whilst these are boiling slice the top long part into disk shaped slices. Boil these for  just 5 mins. Drain and leave to cool.

To be Mashed
  •  the boiled chunks
  • Tomater
  • 25 grams of the cheese
  • one of the garlic cloves
  • 50 mills of the cream
Press the mash firmly into the bottom of the gratin dish.

Put the disks of squash on top ....  lets try to keep it even peeps

pour over the rest of the cream and chopped/grated cheese

season with salt/pepper/nutmeg and lob a few chunks of butter on top

Bake at middle heat for 40-45 mins...or until golden brown

I would recommend leaving to sit for 5 mins before serving, as it gives the ingredients a chance to come and cool together, thus, allowing a cleaner serving process.

It went down well

ruairi :-)

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  1. Thanks for this one Ruairi - looks delicious.

  2. Drooling!!! Can you come be my personal chef?? Hehe

  3. Looks good! I'm a bit of a foodie myself not to mention a damn good cook! I will try it out and let you know how it goes. I don't see a follow button anywhere. How do I follow you?

  4. hey...happy to see you at farmhouse...this looks great...looks like we have a shared love of food, dogs, music, and horses :-)

    happy to visit you today and i'll be back soon.


  5. wow that looks mighty good-and also WAY beyond my 'skill level' in the kitchen (if it can be called that) Maybe you can help me figure out what the hell happened to the last batch of chocolate chip cookies I made. It was a travesty...

  6. OMG that looks amazing. Im like salivating at work now! haha

    I really like your blog. Im your newest follower. :)

  7. Now I have inspiration for that butternut squash sitting in the kitchen - thanks!