Delectably silky, with a mildly sweet flavor, butternut squash is a vegetable that works well in both sweet and savory dishes. Purée it into soups, roast and toss into salads or bowls, and stuff with a plethora of other delicious ingredients. It’s a very simple vegetable to store and prepare: It will last for months in a cool, dry place and the skin easily cuts away with a potato peeler. In creamy soups, savory sides, and even a pizza—butternut squash shines in these delicious fall recipes.
Butternut Squash au Gratin with Wild Mushrooms and Crispy Bacon
This dish was inspired by Alain Ducasse's butternut squash au gratin at Benoit in New York City. The mashed butternut is blended with earthy wild mushrooms and bits of bacon to balance the squash's sweetness. We use more readily available beef stock for our version instead of the veal jus used by Ducasse, but the stock still delivers a savory umami note.