Squash Gratin

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. How to break down butternut squash:
  5. Cut about 1 inch off the bottom end with a chef's knife. Scoop out the seeds.
  6. Hold the squash against your body and remove the skin with a vegetable peeler; chop.
  7. How to break down kabocha squash:
  8. Quarter the squash with a chef's knife, then scoop out the seeds.
  9. Put each quarter flat-side down and cut off the skin with a paring knife; chop the squash.
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