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Butternut Squash, Leek and Apple Gratin - A Recipe for the New Year

September 28 2012 - 12:18 PM

It’s finally about time to take advantage of the flavors of fall. Apples are in season, squash is starting to pop up in farmers’ markets, and it’s finally cool enough to turn on your oven again. I figured what better time to try out a new fall recipe than for the Jewish holidays this time of year?  This was very fitting for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year because the sweetness of apples represent a sweet new year. I came across this recipe on a blog called Ezra Pound Cake, and thought it would be perfect to try out. It’s a savory apple recipe that is simple enough to whip together for a big family dinner. The combination of ingredients seems random at first: butternut squash, leeks and apples? It’s perfect.

The sweet apples and squash perfectly compliment the salty parmesan cheese. The leeks add in tons of flavor, and sage is all you need to pull it all together. I’d recommend throwing some shallots in there, too, and maybe even using a mixture of white cheddar and parmesan together. Chopping up a butternut squash can be a pain, so if you’re tight on time just buy the pre-chopped kind you’ll find in most grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s.

Even if your family is used to more traditional dishes, this gratin is sure to become a new tradition year after year. I was shocked to see my family devoured the side dish.

Read the full butternut squash, leek and apple gratin recipe here >