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Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Gratin

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  • Author: Dianna Muscari
  • Total Time: 40 mins


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.


  • 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


  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.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Main
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