Roasting a butternut squash in the oven is one of my favorite things to do on an autumn day. The sweet, nutty aroma fills the house, and the cooked squash makes a perfect base for soups and purees. My family flipped over this recipe for butternut squash bread pudding from the Cooking Light archives, which I think would make a fabulous Thanksgiving side dish. It’s also a great recipe for the boys to help with. Younger children can tear the bread, and older children can help mix the custard with the roasted butternut squash.
To keep it gluten free, I use GF French bread or similar, though you can use a wheat loaf. I’ve modified the recipe from the original, which calls for the squash to be peeled and cubed before roasting. I always—almost always—roast squash halves with the skin on because it’s less hands on work. Once the squash skin blisters, then it slips right off, and the flesh is soft and easy to work with; no cutting required. To add some extra flavor, I picked some fresh sage and thyme from our garden, and added the fresh herbs to the custard. If you want to make individual bread puddings, divide the mixture between six (10-ounce) ramekins and reduce the cooking time.
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Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding (The Kids Cook Monday)
- baking sheet, lined with foil and lightly coated with cooking spray
- large mixing bowl
- small skillet
- 2-quart baking dish, lightly coated with cooking spray (or 6 10-ounce ramekins)
- 1- pound butternut squash (washed and ends trimmed)
- 3 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 1 cup grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (divided)
- 4 leaves fresh sage (minced)
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves removed)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 8 ounces gluten-free French bread (day old, torn, about 9 cups)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
- Cut the squash vertically in half, and remove the seeds. Place the halves face down on the prepared baking sheet, and roast in the preheated oven until the skin is blistered and the flesh tender, about 40 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a little. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F/175°C.
- In the large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, egg whites, milk, ½ cup cheese, sage, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, and nutmeg. Allow to rest and let the flavors marry. Warm the oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the chopped onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 more minute. Allow to cool for a couple minutes, then stir the onions and garlic in with the egg and milk mixture.
- Scrape the cooked squash out of the skin, and mash it in with the eggs and milk mixture, making sure the squash is thoroughly blended in. Stir in the torn bread, coating the bread thoroughly, then allow to rest for 10 minutes.
- Spread the squash and bread mixture in the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle on the remaining ½ cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Bake in the preheated oven until the pudding is set and lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes, then serve.
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More Butternut Squash Recipes From Other Blogs
- The Perfect Pantry – Caribbean Chicken Curry with Butternut Squash and Red Bell Pepper
- Food Wanderings - Butternut Squash Gnocchi in Sage, Garlic & Butternut Puree
- Three Many Cooks – Skillet Butternut Squash and Kale with Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Kalyn’s Kitchen - Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese
[Disclosure: I am a member of the Cooking Light Bloggers' Connection.]