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Apple, Leek and Butternut Squash Gratin

Skip the traditional potato gratin and try this healthy apple, leek, and butternut squash alternative. It is loaded with Vitamin C and beta-carotene, all baked into this yummy dish. Your taste buds, and belly will thank you!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, white part only, trimmed of roots and tough outer leaves, thinly sliced crosswise, well washed and dried
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper (non-iodized salt, Diamond, or Mortons brands)
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 1 pound of apples, such as Gala, Cortland, Baldwin, or Macoun, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a 10-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add leeks and 2 tablespoons water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add sherry and sage and cook until liquid is reduced to a glaze, about 3 minutes; set aside.
  2. In a 2-quart shallow baking dish, arrange squash in overlapping layers; season with salt and pepper. Spread leeks evenly over the squash.
  3. Arrange apples in an overlapping layer over the leeks. Brush apples with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes.
  4. Uncover and raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees and bake 10 minutes.  The tip of a paring knife should easily pierce the gratin. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Garnish with sage leaves and enjoy your healthy treat!

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