Sunny Yellow Squash And Potato Gratin
I don't know what Gratin means and I am too lazy to Google it. But this recipe has already been made twice and has such different ingredients in it for us. We enjoyed it a lot and I recommend it!! It remembers me of a simpler and 'healthier' version of Scalloped Potatoes. Recipe found here.
2 small yellow squash, or 1 medium 3 medium yellow potatoes, such as yukon gold, peeled 1 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp kosher salt 4 oz goat cheese 1½ oz parmesan cheese, shredded 4 tbsp heavy cream 6 tbsp fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a 9x13 (or equivalent) casserole dish. Slice the squash and potatoes to about 2 mm thick, using a knife, a food processor, or a mandolin. Once the squash and potatoes are sliced, put them in a large bowl and toss them with olive oil and salt. Layer one third of the squash and potatoes in the prepared casserole dish. Top with 2 oz of goat cheese, ½ oz of parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp of heavy cream, 2 tbsp of basil. Repeat to make the next layer. Top it off with the remaining ⅓ of squash and potatoes. (You will have ½ oz of parmesan cheese and 2 tbsp of basil remaining.) Cover the casserole dish with foil and put in the oven for 45 minutes. Take the foil off and top casserole with remaining ½ oz parmesan cheese and 2 tbsp of basil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it sit for 15-20 minutes to allow the juices from the squash to be absorbed and for the casserole to solidify.
If you wish, you can add a little minced sage or thyme leaves or some chopped parsley to the mix along with the basil.
Also, I like to reserve a handful of potatoes for the very top covering layer. It's not necessary to the dish, but I think it's looks nice and, since the potatoes stick together in stacks when sliced on the mandolin, it's easy for me to leave one stack for the end.
The first time we made it, we followed the recipe and it was yummy. The second time, we doubled it, added mushrooms, and chicken. It was even better.