Butternut squash au gratin is a great, nutrient-rich side dish option for those who have diabetes. This recipe uses garlic-infused oil, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs for the crispy topping.
Recipe: Butternut Squash au Gratin
Serving size: 209g
Servings per recipe: 6
- 1 Butternut squash (2 1/2 lb)
- ¼ Cups walnut oil
- 2 Large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- ¼ Cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat if possible)
- ⅓ Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- ¼ Tsp. salt
- ¼ Cup fresh herbs (such as parsley, sage or thyme) chopped
Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Peel, halve lengthwise and deseed squash; cut into ½ -inch-thick slices. Arrange with slices overlapping slightly in baking dish.
In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Add garlic; cook two to three minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft and fragrant and butter is infused with garlic flavor. Do not let the butter brown.
In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs, cheese and one tablespoon of the butter-garlic mixture. Brush squash slices with remaining butter-garlic mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and bread crumb mixture. Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit; bake five minutes longer or until lightly browned. Before serving, sprinkle parsley over top.
Butternut Squash au Gratin Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 209g
|Includes 0g Added Sugars|
Star Ingredient: Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash Contain:
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