Butternut Squash Gratin
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the baking dish
- 1 large onion thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
- 1 ½ pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick
- ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
- ¾ cup grated Comté cheese
- few chives finely chopped (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (25-centimeter) baking dish.
In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and translucent, 4 minutes.
Add the butternut squash slices and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer the squash mixture to the baking dish. Smother with the cream, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, scatter the cheese on top, and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces.
Bake until the surface is golden and bubbly and the butternut squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the chives, if desired.
© Recipe courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria.
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