Friday, July 15, 2011

Squash & Potato Gratin (CSA Week 4)

Let's pretend that I'm on top of things and these were the veggies I got from Marshall's Fenway Farm CSA last week, k?  ;)    

And while we're at it, let's pretend that you see summer squash in the above photo, because the recipe I'm sharing today is one for a summer squash and potato gratin.  It was CSA squash that I used, so I'm calling it good :)

This recipe is so simple, I didn't expect much of it.  But perhaps that is why it tasted so amazing.  I'm certainly glad I didn't pass it over, and I urge you not too, either.  Especially if you're starting to get a bounty of summer squash right now!!  It's a perfect summer side dish, and even reheats well!

Summer Squash & Potato Gratin
slightly adapted from The Kitch'n

2 med summer squash
3-4 sm-med red potatoes
1/2 onion
1 lg garlic clove, minced
3T olive oil (I eye-balled this amount)
4oz goat cheese
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1/4c milk (I used almond milk)
1/3c freshly grated Parmesan
fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400deg.

Thinly slice the summer squash, potatoes and onion using a mandoline or chef's knife.  You're aiming for ~1/8" or less.  Add these vegetables to a large bowl with the minced garlic.  Toss with olive oil.

Spray an 8" square baking dish with nonstick spray.  Spread ~1/3 of the vegetables in the baking dish, then season with salt and pepper.  Crumble half the goat cheese over the vegetables.  Repeat with 1/3 of the vegetables, seasoning and goat cheese.  Top off with the last of the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.

Pour milk over the dish and then top with parmesan.  Cover with foil and bake for 30min.  Uncover, than bake 15-20min more, until the top browns.  Sprinkle with thinly sliced basil before serving (use as much or as little as you'd like, we definitely preferred more than the 1T suggested!).

If you're looking for other summer squash recipes, here are some that I remember fondly :)

Summer Squash & Basil Cornbread
Summer Squash Soup
Sauteed Squash
Summer Squash Cupcakes
Summer Squash & Onions in Brown Sugar (I never posted this, but it was delicious!)

Any other ideas for delicious summer squash??


Erica said...

Gratins always seem to just rock! Especially when they're made with simple, fresh ingredients. Yummmm. And I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

Delicious Dishings said...

I love making gratins with summer squash like this... and tomatoes too!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

This squash and potato gratin looks beautiful! This looks like a great dish to make ahead or bring to a summer barbecue!

BigAppleNosh said...

This is so timely! I got 3 generous pounds of CSA squash this week, and I wasn't sure what to do with it. Thank you!

Joanne said...

I've been getting summer squash from my CSA every week and I expect it to continue until the end of the summer! What a delicious gratin. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I adore pretty much any kind of squash, and have especially been loving summer squash lately. This gratin sounds like a great way to enjoy it - the goat cheese is the perfect creamy addition!

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

What a great way to enjoy summer squash. Bookmarked!

Kelsey Ann said...

so excited when i saw the name of this post! damnnnnn this looks good!! <3

Elizabeth said...

Summer squash and goat cheese is such a great pairing. Looks really good!

Rosiecat24 said...

It just wouldn't be a Shannon-recommended recipe without goat cheese, right? ;-) It looks like you are making the most of your CSA, which is terrific!

Leo said...

I made this last night with some slight variations. It turned out well and was delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!

Bridget said...

Oooo I'm going to have to make this soon...I just pulled like 4 or 5 zucchinis and summer squashes from our garden!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

This looks really amazing. Adam supposedly hates squash but I may have to make it anyway. If he's not crazy about... there just will be more for me ;)

Kerstin said...

Summer squash and goat cheese just make me happy - looks so tasty!

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