Butternut Squash Gratin with Mescal-Marinated Dates Recipe

Butternut Squash Gratin with Mescal-Marinated Dates Recipe
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Slices of butternut squash are cooked in heavy cream and vanilla until nearly fork-tender and baked together with alternating layers of walnuts and mescal-soaked dates for a unique and unforgettable side dish.

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7
Servings
305
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 quart heavy cream
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup mescal
  • 8 dates, pitted and quartered
  • 1 cup walnuts

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the heavy cream and vanilla beans in a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, taking care not to let the cream boil over. Add the butternut squash in small batches and cook until 75-percent cooked, about 7 minutes per batch. Drain and reserve the cream.

Warm the mescal in a small pot for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl. Soak the dates in the warm mescal for 20 minutes.

Cover the bottom of an ovenproof dish with a single layer of butternut squash, making sure they all face the same direction. Then top with the walnuts, dates, and a few ladles of the heavy cream. Create the next layer in the same fashion, but arrange the squash slices perpendicular to the first (create a crisscross pattern). Repeat the process about 4 times or until all of the ingredients are used. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
9g
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
72g
55%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
72µg
10%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
98mg
10%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
75µg
19%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
105mg
15%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
159mg
11%
Water
176g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Butternut Squash Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Butternut Squash Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.