Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Gratin

Layers of butternut squash, tart green apple and savory onion are punctuated by tiers of gooey cheese in these mini gratins that would be perfect at a dinner party.
By Dianna Muscari
Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Gratin

Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Gratin
 
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Layers of butternut squash, tart green apple and savory onion are punctuated by tiers of gooey cheese in these mini gratins that would be perfect at a dinner party.
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Recipe Type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash {preferably one with a longish neck}, sliced into thin inch rounds
  • 1 medium onion, peeled sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 Granny smith apple, cored and sliced into thin rounds
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar or favorite cheese {I think Gouda would work well here, too}, grated
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons half and half {or heavy cream}
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare mini cocottes by coating with olive oil or butter.
  2. Start layering slices: Place one slice butternut squash, one slice apple, and one slice onion into each mini cocotte. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Top with about a tablespoon {or two, I won't judge} of cheese.
  4. Repeat the process of layering slices once more. Season with salt & pepper, and top with grated cheese again.
  5. Add one more slice of butternut squash. Pour 1 tablespoon of half and half or cream over top of each gratin. Give each gratin one final sprinkling of cheese.
  6. Spray lids to mini cocottes with non-stick cooking spray and cover each dish with its lid.
  7. Place mini cocottes on a small cookie sheet and bake gratins for about 35-40 minutes or until tender. {Use a knife to test and make sure it is able to slip all the way though to the bottom.
  8. Remove lids and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese on top begins to brown.
  9. Cool for 15-20 minutes before serving so that the layers have a chance to set.
Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. A self-taught cook and baker, Dianna shares with her readers the messes and successes she encounters in the kitchen. Along with her recipes - which range from healthy to hearty to downright decadent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, marriage, travel, and living in Florida. Her conversational writing style draws you into her kitchen for a meal and a laugh as she navigates through life one recipe at a time.

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