Maggie Klein's Squash Gratin with Garlic and Olive Oil
This recipe comes from a book by Maggie Klein, owner of the justly famous Oliveto restaurant. This remains my favorite recipe from Maggie's book, and one that I have been serving for Thanksgiving dinner just about every year since then.
Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 11:28 AM
- 5 pounds butternut or other firm orange squash
- 12 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large bunch parsley, finely chopped
- 1 heaping teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 3⁄4 cup olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Peel and seed the squash and cut it into 1⁄3-inch cubes.
Combine in a large bowl with the garlic and parsley.
Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle in the flour and toss until all the cubes are coated with flour.
Oil a large gratin dish or wide, shallow casserole with a little of the oil.
Spread the squash mixture in the dish and drizzle the remaining oil over the squash in a crisscross fashion.
Bake until the top forms a crisp, brown crust, about 2 hours.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 15 min
Good to know
Years ago, after the manuscript for my first cookbook was done, my publisher hired me to test recipes for another book, on olives and olive oil. The author, Maggie Klein, went on to open the justly famous Oliveto restaurant in Oakland, and her book has gone through a couple of incarnations but is now out of print. If you can find a copy of either the original 1983 Aris Books edition of The Feast of the Olive or the later Chronicle Books edition, jump on it.
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