Sweet Potato and Butternut Gratin

  • Bunnie Posted: 11/15/09
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    This came out great. I reduced the time to 30 minutes in the oven. My potato slices came out a bit too thin, so I'll use the 1/4 cut slices next time. The sweet potato and butternut squash came out perfect. Great flavor.

  • TsKitchen Posted: 03/07/10
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    Labor-intensive but fantastic!!! I made a few changes that seemed to work fine...some of which were based on other reviews and some on what I had available. Used skim milk to cut down on some calories and I didn't miss it. Used uncured bacon instead of pancetta and it was great. Used pre-grated swiss blend from other CL breakfast recipe since I had on hand and tossed in some manchego and mozzarella which gave it a fantastic nutty taste and stringiness that was great. Did not par-boil the veg. but instead microwaved in covered dish for 5 min. and increased cooking time in oven by 20 min. and kept dish tightly covered until the last 10 min. to help with the cooking. Glad I did--the texture was great (tested with fork for crisp-tender feel). Further, I sliced veg. on mandolin (and ended up with more than it called for but I refused to toss out/save the squash or omit the potato -which I think was essential to balance out the sweetness of the other 2 sweeter veggies). Assembly: layered the 3 veg., lightly dusted the top veg. in the layer with flour and then put a ladle of the sauce, a fine layer of my cheese mix and then started the process over. I think it distributed the amazing sauce throughout the dish and didn't make it taste like uncooked flour (which scalloped potatoes can sometimes taste like if you use too much flour). I made the sauce first and it really got thick waiting for me to finish the veg. & therefore I thinned it out more with milk which gave me enough to use with the extra veg. Kids loved it, will make it for a special occasion but I suggest planning on at least 1 hour of prep. (but it's worth it)

  • IHPMom Posted: 12/28/09
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    Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and the gratin turned out perfectly. A huge hit. Perfect for a dinner party or large gathering, because a serving is very rich. I'll definitely make this again.

  • stacyjen Posted: 11/15/09
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    This was a mushy flavorless mess! I only cooked it 30mins and it still came out over done. I have no idea why the recipe calls to boil the veggies prior to baking for 40mins. It didn't taste cheesy or savory at all. I had to mash up the leftovers and add more cheese so they didn't go to waste.

  • SarahM21 Posted: 02/05/10
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    Very good. I made some changes - used onion instead of shallots, added sage, and used mozarella instead of gruyere. Next time I would also use more sweet potato and butternut squash in place of the russet potato.

  • WestRoxCook Posted: 11/14/09
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    Delicious! Tried this out as a possibility for a Thanksgiving side dish and it was a huge success. It will definitely be on our holiday table. I added gruyere to the sauce along with the Parm. And par boiled the potatoes and squash for only 2 minutes rather than 4. Texture was perfect.

  • littlechi Posted: 11/12/09
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    I thought this had potential. Made it exactly as recipe stated except subbing bacon for the pancetta. I thought the potatoes and squash were over cooked (I sliced on mandeline at 1/8th thickness). Next time I will skip the par boil and just increase the cooking time slightly to avoid the over cooking. I would also integrate the guyere cheese throughout the filling to add more flavor throughout. I will also not worry about layering each ingredient separately. Once you cut into the gratin, it all blends together anyway so I think I would just put it all in the dish together.

  • FloraS Posted: 11/19/09
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    Because I'm on Weight Watchers, I used skim milk and no cheese. I also put the raw vegetables in the baking dish and microwaved them for about 8 minutes before adding the sauce--didn't want to dirty another pan. I thought it was very good, and even better the next day. A little low-fat cheese made it a substantial lunch the day after that.

  • KristiNihi Posted: 11/12/09
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    This dish was delicious! It took a while to prepare, as this was my first gratin from scratch, but my husband & I agreed that we'll be bringing this to our family Thanksgiving dinner this year.

  • Snellbert Posted: 10/28/09
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    Delicious! The pancetta adds wonderful flavor. My husband and I are even enjoying the leftovers. Not a fan of butternut so I omitted and used 1lb of sweet potato instead. Will definitely make again to share with my extended family.

  • chefromano Posted: 12/27/09
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    Relatively easy and oh so delicious! Even if you don't care for squash - it was hidden as a nice subtle flavor in the potatoes!

  • lisayvette Posted: 01/14/10
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    I like cooking but I am no means a cook. Recipes with this many ingredients and this many steps scare me. But, I thought I'd give this one a try. While it was a lot of work, it was totally worth it. You have to peel and cut potatoes and squash (I used a food processor which added to the clean up time but reduced finger cutting). Boil potatoes and squash. Layer them in a dish. Make the sauce - be sure to prep ingredients before as it is a fast process. This dish is amazing. We're talking really really good. The flavors of the pancetta and the tyme are so great. The sauce is perfect. Seriously amazing. This is definitely perfect for a special occasion.

  • CarolVachon Posted: 11/19/11
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    This is a great side dish. I made it per the instructions and used my cuisinart for the slicing in order to save on time and ensure uniform vegetable sizes. Next time, I will boil the sweet potato, white potato and butternut squash at the same time- not sure why they needed to be boiled separately. The next day, I used my blender and some additional milk to turn the leftovers into a very delicious cheesy potato soup.

  • Toodles71 Posted: 01/02/12
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    I've served this at a supper club and for Thanksgiving. It has been a great crowd pleaser every time. Super savory and a nice twist.

  • promogal Posted: 04/11/12
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    Scrumptious! I cooked the 2 potato types & squash together & then separated them on wax paper. A special dish for an occasion as it was a little labor intensive.

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