Thursday, December 8, 2011

parmesan roasted butternut squash

I normally just roast my butternut squash with butter or olive oil, but I had some leftover cream from making mashed potatoes, so I decided to make a butternut squash gratin. Cautionary note: this is definitely NOT the healthiest way to eat in life (but it did taste pretty good).

Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash
Makes 8 servings (i half-ed the recipe when i made it)

2 1/2 pounds of butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (i normally just buy the pre-peeled, pre-cut containers. MUCH easier)
3/4 cup of heavy cream
3 sage leaves, diced
2/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese (i substituted pecorino b/c i love it more)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper*

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with the rack in the middle.

Toss squash with cream, sage leaves, salt, and pepper in a 2 quart shallow baking dish. Bake covered, for 30 minutes.

Stir in half of cheese and sprinkle remainder on top. Roast uncovered, until the squash is tender and beginning to brown, about 20 minutes.

Let stand about 5 minutes before serving (cream will thicken).

*Note: I am really bad about measuring**, so I normally just add stuff like salt and pepper to taste. That said, I included these measurements because I know some people love being precise.

**Another note: Actually, to be perfectly honest, I am terrible at recipes in general. Normally when I cook, I just throw stuff together and cross my fingers that what I've randomly mixed comes out and tastes good. I generally only use a recipe when I am trying something new out.

In other news, I must confess something. I love running on the treadmill. I hate running outdoors (on a track or on the street). This poses a problem mainly because I can't afford to join the YMCA while I am in CA for 3 months. Therefore, I have to run outdoors. My new plan is to check out the Campbell Community Track after work. Rumor has it, the track is lit every night until 10pm.

I did manage to sneak into the YMCA on Tuesday (by pretending I wanted a tour of the place) and do 2 miles running on the treadmill! Here's what I did:
Run - 1 1/4 miles
Walk - 1/4 mile
Run - 3/4 mile
Walk - 1/4 mile
For a grand total of 2 miles running and 1/2 a mile walking! Wooo!

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE roasted butternut squash (I make it at least once a week in the fall/winter), but I just might have to try this recipe.

    I am just the opposite -- I like running outside, but I hate running on the treadmill. I do it on occasion, but I never run more than 2 miles (and usually I only do 1). I just get really bored. I can't believe you snuck into the Y to use their treadmill -- that is so funny! I am puzzled at how you did it, though. Wasn't someone giving you the tour? If so, how did you ditch them to get on the treadmill? Or did you just say you would show yourself around (in your workout clothes) and then headed straight for the treadmill?