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Butternut Squash & Edam Gratin with Sage    Veg  HT  MC  75mins

Serves 4     Hot   Vegetarian   Vegetables   Herbs   Main Course  Gluten Wheat Free  Eggless

Butternut squash and sliced potatoes cooked in a creamy cheese sauce - perfect as a vegetarian alternative at Christmas. It can also be served as an accompaniment to Christmas turkey or nut roast when it should serve 6 easily.  Courtesy of

1 large butternut squash, about 900g (2lb)
750g (1lb 7oz) potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
30ml (2tbsp) olive oil
300ml (½pt) reduced fat crème frâiche
150g (5oz) Edam, grated
8 sage leaves



1. Preheat the oven to 200º C, 400ºF gas mark 6. Cut the skin off the squash and thinly slice the trunk into thin rounds. Halve the bulb end and scoop out the seeds, thinly slice into crescents.

2. Place the squash and potatoes in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil and the garlic, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place half this mixture in the base of an ovenproof dish.

3. Mix together the crème frâiche with the cheese and spoon half this mixture over the vegetables. Top with the remaining vegetables and spoon the remaining cheese mixture over the top. Arrange the sage leaves on top. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork.

4. Return to the oven and cook uncovered for a further 10 minutes until the topping is golden. Delicious served as a vegetarian main meal with salad or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken.

Cook’s tip
As a non vegetarian alternative, you could add some cooked chopped smoked bacon or add a layer of wilted spinach.

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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.

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