Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin is another amazing gluten free recipe and just in time for the holidays! I LOVED this savory butternut squash dish filled with sliced pears, leeks, green onions, seasoned with thyme, and loaded with Fontina and Parmesan cheeses on top. It’s incredibly tasty and mouthwatering, incredibly easy, and an incredibly excellent recipe for you to try out during the holidays. The nice thing about this recipe is it’s very low in calories (which is really  helpful around this time of year). It makes a terrific side dish or you can make it for Meatless Mondays.

The only difficult thing about this recipe is peeling the butternut squash and I usually do that with a vegetable peeler. I peeled my pears because the skins didn’t look pretty, but normally I would have left them on for more fiber. Did I mention this is really a healthy recipe? No sugar, no high fructose corn syrup, no canned soups, no genetically modified wheat flour (sorry, for getting on my soap box), and no trans-fats! It does use a little olive oil and dairy (cheeses). For those of you who need to stick to a vegan diet, substitute vegan cheese. This dish has a lighter touch than most heavy holiday casserole recipes, and the savory taste of the thyme and cheeses make it all work together wonderfully.

If you’re in the mood for a lighter side dish for regular meals or holiday entertaining, then please consider this scrumptious option when you’re making out your holiday meal plans. You won’t be sorry you didn’t gain that extra five pounds, either! 🙂 It takes about 15 minutes to prepare this dish and then pop it into the oven for an hour with your main course or other sides. Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin is a savory, yet lightly sweet, casserole–not because of any added sugar or honey, but just because of the sweetness of the pears and the butternut squash itself. This is also a great way to use up garden squash. You better collect this recipe. You’ll want to make it very soon!

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

We loved the taste of Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Here’s a look at the inside of the casserole. Butternut Squash and pears really work well with the onions, leeks, thyme and cheeses.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Here’s a serving of Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin. Garnish your servings with more fresh thyme if desired. I love the taste of thyme but kept the recipe modest at only a tablespoon. You can always add more if you like it.

 

Here’s what I did.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0315

Peel butternut squash with a vegetable peeler. Cut in 3/4″ slices and remove seeds. Cube butternut squash.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0316

Quarter three pears. Remove cores and slice down. Leave the skin on or off–your preference. If you have red pears that will add nice color to the dish.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0317

Dice up one leek. Leeks add such a wonderful flavor to casseroles and soups. Don’t leave it out!

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0318

Add green onions.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0319

Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0320

Sprinkle with thyme. Use as much as you like.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0325

Drizzle olive oil over the casserole

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0326

Sprinkle with Fontina cheese.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_0327

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover casserole with foil so the cheese doesn’t burn, brown, or dry out while baking. Bake at 400 for about an hour.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin - IMG_6554

Here’s Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin fresh out of the oven. Doesn’t it look lovely?

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

I served this casserole with a chicken dish, but this would go well with steak, pork roast, and especially turkey!

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

If you like butternut squash and you like pears, you will love the savory, lightly sweet taste of this casserole.

 

Here’s the recipe.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PEAR GRATIN

(Recipe inspired by Recipe.com {Eating Well})

Print Recipe
Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Butternut squash dish with pears, leeks, green onions, thyme, and Fontina and Parmesan cheeses. Healthy, low calorie, gluten free holiday casserole option.
Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Peel butternut squash and remove seeds.
  2. Cut down into cubes and place in a 9x13” glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Quarter pears. Remove cores and peel, if desired.
  4. Slice pears and layer over top of the butternut squash.
  5. Add diced leek and green onion.
  6. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme leaves.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil.
  8. Sprinkle both cheeses over top.
  9. Cover with foil and bake about 1 hour at 400°.
  10. Remove foil and serve.
  11. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves if desired.

 

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin
Recipe Type: Vegetable/Casserole
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra; inspired by Recipe.com {[url href=”http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/pear_red_onion_gratin.html” target=”_blank” title=”pear and red onion gratin”]Eating Well[/url]}
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Butternut squash dish with pears, leeks, green onions, thyme, and Fontina and Parmesan cheeses. Healthy, low calorie, gluten free holiday casserole option.
Ingredients
  • 1 large butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 bartlett pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 3 green onion, diced
  • freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup fontina cheese
  • ½-2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Peel butternut squash and remove seeds.
  2. Cut down into cubes and place in a 9×13” glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Quarter pears. Remove cores and peel, if desired.
  4. Slice pears and layer over top of the butternut squash.
  5. Add diced leek and green onion.
  6. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme leaves.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil.
  8. Sprinkle both cheeses over top.
  9. Cover with foil and bake about 1 hour at 400°.
  10. Remove foil and serve.
  11. NOTE: Garnish with fresh thyme leaves if desired.

 

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Each mouthful of this delicious casserole is filled with marvelous flavor. Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin is healthy, low calorie and gluten free. This would make a great addition to your holiday menu.

Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Time to eat!

You may also enjoy these delicious recipes!

Savory Butternut Squash Bake

Savory Butternut Squash Bake - IMG_4573

 

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese - IMG_5940

 

Squash and Apple Bake

Squash and Apple Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this is the most wonderful way to prepare #butternutsquash. It's great for #holiday or company dinners, too. #apples #sidedish

5 Replies to "Butternut Squash and Pear Gratin"

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.