Mimi Thorisson's Butternut Squash Gratin

October 28, 2014

All week long, Mimi Thorisson -- the blogger behind the beautiful blog Manger -- will be sharing recipes and stories from her new book, A Kitchen in France. Follow along to win a book + a bundle of Staub cookware each day, so you can pretend like you also live in the French countryside.

Today: When fries just won't cut it, Mimi turns to butternut squash. 

Butternut Squash Gratin

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I’m as fond as anyone of a simple steak frites dinner. Sometimes I make a Béarnaise sauce, but sometimes, especially if the wine is good, it’s enough to serve the steak with just a spoonful of Dijon mustard. I always have some greens to go with it, steamed haricots verts or spinach or just a simple salad.

Sometimes I have a small steak and lots of spinach. That’s when my husband thinks I’ve read some article and I’m suddenly on a diet. But that would never happen. It’s just that sometimes French fries are…well, not exactly what I am looking for, and then I need an alternative. If it’s squash season, this gratin is one of the best. Steak pairs really well with roasted squash, and this gratin version makes the duo even more satisfying. 

More: Make your table look like Mimi's (well, almost) -- pick up this Staub gratin dish on Provisions.

Butternut Squash Gratin

Serves 4

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds butternut squash (about 1 large), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
3/4 cup grated Comté cheese
A few fresh chives, finely chopped

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Oddur Thorisson 

Every day this week, we're giving away a copy of A Kitchen in France and a bundle of Mimi's favorite Staub cookware! To win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What's your favorite gratin? We'll choose winners this Friday, October 31st. (U.S. entrants only, please!) 

Update: LakelureladyonetinysparkDouble HelpingTerryKes, and rhubarb! rhubarb! rhubarb! are our winners! Enjoy your copies of A Kitchen in France and Staub cookware. 

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Mimi Thorisson is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking, and the host of La Table de Mimi on Canal+ in France. After a career in television and having lived in Hong-Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik, and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, five young children, two older stepchildren, and the family's fourteen dogs in a rural farmhouse in Médoc.


Monique April 8, 2017
I do love potato and gruyere.
vrinda September 6, 2016
butternut squash gratin
Kendy S. December 8, 2014
Gratin of scallops
bren M. November 5, 2014
Definitely potato and gruyere
Roni October 31, 2014
A classic potato and onion with a little goose fat. Yum!
Rebecca D. October 30, 2014
Decided on a whim to try something new. Found a great recipe for zucchini and spinach gratin, and then added some gruyere. Yummy!
sarabclever October 30, 2014
Potato and gruyere
Angela October 30, 2014
Potato gratin!
dmay October 30, 2014
Classic potato gratin with gruyere and caramelized onions
Chris A. October 30, 2014
Potato, cheese, and ham!
Hae-Joon October 30, 2014
Beet & beet greens!
K_Squared October 30, 2014
Potato, kale, cheese & sundried tomatoes
Tierney October 30, 2014
My favorite gratin is classic potato, with carmelized onion and a bit of rosemary.
caroline G. October 30, 2014
sweet potato and thyme in mini muffin tins for perfectly portioned servings!
Bklynbean October 30, 2014
I love spinach gratin! A major favorite in our apartment!
C M. October 30, 2014
Turnip and sweet potato with Gruyere and white wine.
Jennie B. October 30, 2014
I think this one would probably rise to the top of the list! I <3 butternut squash!
Lynda H. October 30, 2014
I've only made potato gratin, but would love to try others!
Katie October 30, 2014
Asparagus and bechamel is the top choice! Very creamy and cheesy!
Jon A. October 30, 2014
Any gratin my wife makes, because without her I'd be lost and just another fool in the kitchen!