Marinated winter squash

Marinated winter squash

In this case butternut squash, which along with some basil was at the tail end of the previous basket. The recipe I used comes from the Lidia’s Italy site — the marinade was very tasty if a bit strong. Still, made for a good light lunch yesterday.

Butternut squash stew

Butternut squash stew

Had a huge butternut squash that I wanted to do something a little different with, and some scrounging turned up this recipe, which I adapted here. The major change was necessitated by my not having any carrots to hand, while instead of quinoa I just simply cooked up some good brown rice. End result = delicious, fiery without being overwhelming.

Butternut squash and fennel gratin

Butternut squash and fennel gratin

Been meaning to put up the next NJTT entry today but I’m kinda tired. So — a meal from the other night, using this recipe. It was a nice way to use both some squash and fennel I had around before the next basket arrived for me the following day. A fair amount of prep but it was tasty!

Butternut squash/fontina lasagna

Yep, indulgent. Nope, not eaten at one sitting — hardly. Recipe here for the curious, along with a video of the whole thing — thanks to Jody for pointing it out! (I made the bechamel with canola oil instead of butter and soy milk instead of regular milk — turned out just fine, though it probably took more time to reduce than regular milk would do.)

Butternut Squash–Fontina Lasagna

* 1 medium sized butternut squash
* 2 lb Italian Fontina, cut into slices
* Grated Parmesan
* No-boil lasagna noodles
* 4 cups béchamel sauce (see recipe below)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Place on lined baking sheet, cut side down. Bake until soft, approximately 45 minutes at 375°-400°.

When the squash is very soft, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. When cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh from the skin and place in bowl.

Run the lasagna rectangles under cold water then make a layer of them in a baking dish. Dot the cooked squash on top of the pasta layers. Drizzle a healthy amount of béchamel over all. Add a sparse dotted layer of fontina, then sprinkle grated parmesan. Continue layering in the same fashion until you have two to three layers of squash, fontina, béchamel and parmesan. End with a layer of pasta, béchamel and parmesan.

Bake covered at 375° until hot through. Remove foil and let top layer color until golden brown.

Béchamel Sauce

Makes 2 cups
Double recipe for the lasagna

* 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
* 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 cups hot milk
* Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the flour and stir to form a smooth paste. (Those angled wooden spatulas are great for this because you can really scrape the bottom of the pan and prevent burning.) Heat the milk in a separate saucepan or the mcrowave. When it is hot but not boiling pour it into the roux ( the butter-flour mixture), stirring constantly with a whisk. Make sure you get into all the edges of the pan to coax all the roux into the milk. Cook over low heat until the sauce thickens and the flour taste is gone. Add salt and pepper to taste.