Saturday, December 18, 2010

Scalloped Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Roasted Chestnuts

I experimented with two dishes tonight for Christmas. The first (a cranberry tofu with a cranberry and orange chutney) was a disaster, but the second was pretty much what I wanted. Not the prettiest looking dish, but the flavour was amazing. The creamy sauce is made even more creamy with the butternut squash, complemented by the sage. The potatoes are soft but not mushy and the chestnuts add some texture and flavour.

INGREDIENTS
- 1/4 cup margarine

- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- scant 1/4 cup flour
- 3.5 cups plain soy milk
- 1 tbsp rubbed sage
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1.5 lbs potatoes, peeled
- 1.5 lbs butternut squash, peeled
- 12 roasted chestnuts, chopped

METHOD
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2.8 litre (3 quart) Corningware dish
1. Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic for 10 min, until translucent.
2. Add in flour and mix well. Slowly whisk in soy milk, add sage, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to bubbling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
3. Slice potatoes and squash in a food processor so they are very thin. Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with a layer of potatoes and a layer of squash (if potatoes or squash are wet after slicing, bad them on a towel before putting them in the dish). Sprinkle some chopped chestnuts over top. Repeat until all potatoes and squash are gone, and top with the last of the sauce (you may have some left over). Press down on the layers occasionally, and refrain from adding too much sauce.
4. Cover dish and bake for 1 hr and 15 mins. Uncover and bake for 30 mins, until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 20 mins before serving (the layers will set).

13 comments:

Kelly said...

That looks so rich and delicious. Perfect for a holiday meal.

K. said...

that looks good to me. i've been wanting to attempt a vegan scalloped potato for a while and this week is when i finally planned to. i will probably leave out the chestnuts since we just tried them for the first time and aren't big fans.

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tofuhead said...

That looks delicious! I wish we had butternut squash here. Any ideas what I could use instead? Zucchini? Sweet potato?

Amey said...

wow, vegan dad, this looks really good! sounds like all the right flavors and textures in one dish!

I have such a tough family to cook for though... 6 vegans (including one who prefers no salt and no oil, and another who can't eat gluten), a vegetarian, and then a bunch of picky omnis, including one who can't eat soy! It's crazy! Which pretty much leaves me with tamales for christmas. But maybe I will just make this for myself. It sounds perfect!

:)

josie said...

Sounds great! I assume the sage goes in with the salt and pepper? I don't think it's listed in the steps. Thanks!

stephka. said...

I am making this for Christmas dinner. It looks amazing. Thank you for posting this!

princess sputnik said...

This looks amazing! Going to try this for our xmas dinner!

VeganLinda said...

Looks scrumptious!

yvette said...

Its in the oven now, i am looking forward to try it! It smells delicious :-)

The only thing is that i was too generous with the sauce because when i finished it, i hadn't used half of the butternut and half of the potatoes... It makes a great soup though ;-)

yvette said...

Its in the oven now. I am looking forward to try it. It smells delicious :-)

The only thing is that i was too generous with the sauce. When i finished it, i still had half of the butternut and half of the potatoes :-) It makes a great soup though, the leftovers...

Char said...

hooooly I can't wait to make this!! looks delicious :D

Morgaine said...

Looks great. I want you to know that your book made a great Solstice gift to another Dad I know who does most of the family cooking and is well on his way to Vegan deliciousness. ;-) Thanks so much!

dating said...

This looks delicious! I want to try this recipe!