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Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin

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IMG_2368Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time for squash.  I had never made a recipe using whole squash before, and was nervous about breaking it down.  Luckily, I found pre–peeled butternut squash at the supermarket, but I know one day I’ll have to figure out how to break down squash.  I plan on using squash a lot this winter, so it’s inevitable that I’ll have to break it down at some point. For now, I like people to peel it for me.  I’m lazy.

Try this dish with anything , or as it’s own thing.  I served it with simple roasted chicken thighs and salad and it was a really comforting winter dish.  Thanks to the Food Network for inspiring the dish.

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash [$4]

fresh thyme [$2]

panko bread crumbs [43]

heavy cream [$2]

1 onion [$1]

1 small package guyere cheese [$5, it’s worth every penny]

optional: Parmesan cheese, parsley if you have it, not necessary if you don’t.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Cube squash and place in a large bowl with about a cup of water. Nuke for about 5 minutes or until squash has begun to be tender.  Meanwhile, saute butter and minced onion in a large pot until translucent. Drain the squash and add to the pot with the onion and chopped thyme, salt and pepper, and a can of chicken stock.  Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until squash is super tender.  Some might have begun to break down, but that’s okay.

Add about a half cup or so of cream to the pot and mix with the squash.  Place in an oven safe dish.  Top with shredded cheese (I had to shred it myself in the food processor, worth it). Top with the panko mixed with a little melted butter and bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is super gooey and the breadcrumbs toasty.

Serve nice and warm alone or with an entree.

As shown here.

As shown here.

-L

 

 

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Cheap Eats: Cheeseboy

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I, like many other people, love grilled cheeses.  They remind me of childhood.  Which is why Cheeseboy is such a great concept in cheap, delicious food.  Have I mentioned I like cheap delicious food?

How could you not like this combo? Seriously

It’s kinda my thing

I’m really glad one of these places opened up in the Pru, which is closer to my house than the other location in South Station.  I tend to be pretty lazy.  Anyways, I digress.

Lets talk about the food: I decided on the bacon pesto sandwich with spinach and Swiss cheese inside (I’ve always been a sucker for the Swiss).  It was melty and delicious, and that bacon was perfect.  The crust was perfectly crunchy and buttery, a major thing for grilled cheese fanatics such as myself.

Look at that cheese.  Don't mind my unmanicured hands.

Look at that cheese. Don’t mind my un–manicured hands.

I love that tomato soup is always an option as well, but I was not as in love with the soup. ‘ Twas a little on the watery side, but the sandwich made up for it and the flavor of the soup was still nice.

The meal also came with a drink and chips and I spent about $8.  You can’t beat that.  Although being inside the Pru makes it more likely to spend all the money I saved on food on clothing and tea from Teavana, but I won’t hold it against them. The stand is also right next to the exit for outside, just begging for customers to eat their grilled cheeses Al fresco.  Pretty fancy for $8.

-L