SCALLOPED SWEET POTATOES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, Butternut Squash melange with roasted vegetables

SCALLOPED SWEET POTATOES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

Hmmm, garden fresh Fall vegetables!

Yes, I had a humongous zucchini, butternut squash and sweet potatoes sitting on my counter, and I had to think how to use it all.

I took a recipe for regular scalloped potatoes and improvised with these three veggies. The recipe called just for some sautéed leeks but I added a combination of Portobello, Cremini and Oyster mushrooms to the sautéed leeks, and when they were half cooked I added 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 cup of 10% cream, 2 TBSP of Sour cream, 2TBSP of fresh Thyme. Let the mushrooms finish cooking and allow the liquid to reduce, this takes about 5 minutes. At that point I added 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. (Adjust these quantities to your taste.)

I sliced the vegetables in the food processor 3 mm thick and arranged in a baking dish. I started with the sweet potatoes as the base, then added some of the mushroom/leek combination and a little of shredded cheese (I used 1 1/4 cup of cheddar) – I continued with the zucchini layer and the rest of the mushroom/leek, and some more cheese, but saved some cheese for the top. I left the Butternut squash for the top layer. I poured the leftover sauce from the mushrooms evenly over the vegetables and covered with foil.

Bake in a 350 degrees oven for about 1 hour, then remove the foil and sprinkle the rest of the shredded Cheddar and add some Parmesan as well. Let the cheese melt and get some colour.

We had this as a side dish the night before, but I saved a piece for my lunch today.

For lunch I paired it with some roasted fennel, red onions, Brussels sprouts and red pepper. I did pour a little olive oil over my roasted veggies and sprinkled some shaved Parmesan. It was certainly delicious and filling, and a great use of the abundant Fall vegetables.

Bon Appétit !

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