Butternut squash never tasted so good.
First, rosemary and garlic work in delicious harmony, then a crispy parmesan-breadcrumb crust comes in to seal the deal. Meet your new favourite way to eat squash.
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil + Additional to Grease Casserole Dish
- 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
- 1 Medium Butternut Squash, Sliced Thinly
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Grated
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Ground Black Pepper to Taste
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Rosemary, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 2/3 Cup Breadcrumbs
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan, Grated
- Optional: Chives to Garnish
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Cream
- Salt + Pepper to Taste
- 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Grated
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a casserole dish (size of dish will depend on the size of your squash).
- Slice Butternut Squash thinly and add to a large bowl.
- Mix squash with Butter, Oil, Garlic, Spices, Salt/Pepper, Rosemary, and Cornstarch until squash is evenly coated.
- In the greased casserole dish, assemble squash slices in layers, alternating with a layer of Cheddar Cheese between each layer of squash.
- Prepare Cream Sauce by adding Milk, Cream, Salt/Pepper, and Sugar into a saucepan. Stir the mixture on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, allowing the mixture to heat evenly and the sugar to dissolve. Be careful not to burn the milk.
- Mix in Cheddar Cheese, stirring to melt. Remove saucepan from heat and pour evenly over the assembled casserole dish.
- Cook uncovered for about 1 hr 10 minutes, until squash is fully cooked (i.e. a toothpick can move through the dish easily).
- Remove dish from oven and sprinkle the Parmesan-Breadcrumb mixture evenly on top.
- Place dish back into the oven and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, until mixture browns and crust forms.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes, serve and garnish with Chives (optional).
- No need to cut away the skin! With the added liquids and extended baking time, the skin creates subtle texture nuances that enhance the overall dish.
- For more garlicy flavour, rub the casserole dish with a slice of garlic before assembling the ingredients into the dish.
- Plan your casserole layers to end with a layer of cheddar cheese on top. This will allow the breadcrumb crust to adhere to the dish better.