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Squash Gratin 

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INGREDIENTS:

YIELD: 6-8 Servings

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small kabocha squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese (about 2 ounces)

PREPARATION:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and thyme and cook, stirring, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the butternut and kabocha squash in a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until the squash is just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and add the squash to the skillet along with the garlic, mace, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add the broth and cook until it is mostly absorbed, about 5 more minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and cook until slightly thickened, 2 minutes.

Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the microwave and toss with the breadcrumbs, parmesan and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle over the squash, then top with the gruyere. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

How to break down butternut squash:

Cut about 1 inch off the bottom end with a chef’s knife. Scoop out the seeds.

Hold the squash against your body and remove the skin with a vegetable peeler; chop.

How to break down kabocha squash:

Quarter the squash with a chef’s knife, then scoop out the seeds.

Put each quarter flat-side down and cut off the skin with a paring knife; chop the squash.

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