Butternut squash and cranberry gratin

This butternut squash and cranberry gratin is creamy, cheesy and perfectly crunchy on top. You’d never guess it’s dairy free!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I’m pretty sure my family might be the only one in country that couldn’t care less if the typical creamy mashed white potatoes weren’t on the table. In fact, I can think of many years where mashed potatoes never even made an appearance. They’re delicious, no doubt, though a bit boring and “normal”. I’d much rather dig into some squash or sweet potato side with a bit of flair for the holiday and leave the plain jane mashed potatoes for everyday.

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Gratin | runningtothekitchen.com

So today, we do flair in the form of a {vegan} butternut squash and cranberry gratin using GO Veggie!TM plain cream cheese alternative (to add creaminess) and their mozzarella shreds (for that cheesy topping every gratin should have).

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Gratin | runningtothekitchen.com

Accommodating special diets during the holidays can be hard so I was really happy when this gratin came out creamy, cheesy and exactly like you’d expect a gratin to taste. It’s still decadent, just minus the dairy. For those avoiding it, you’ll be a rockstar and for those who don’t have any special dietary needs, they’ll never even know the difference as they dig in at the table.

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Gratin | runningtothekitchen.com

This is worth the spot on the Thanksgiving table. Move over, mashed potatoes.

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Butternut squash and cranberry gratin
 
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This butternut squash and cranberry gratin is creamy, cheesy and perfectly crunchy on top. You’d never guess it’s dairy free!
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Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 4
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8x8 baking dish.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the leeks with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the sage for about 3-5 minutes until softened. Set aside.
  4. Arrange the butternut squash rounds on the bottom of the baking dish in an overlapping pattern.
  5. Mix the cream cheese and the almond milk in a small bowl until smooth.
  6. Drop ⅓ of the cream cheese mixture in dollops on top of the layer of squash and spread out with a spoon.
  7. Spread ⅓ of the leeks on top of the cream cheese.
  8. Sprinkle ⅓ of the cranberries on top.
  9. Spread another layer of butternut squash rounds on top and repeat with the cream cheese, leeks and cranberries twice more so there are 3 full layers in the baking dish.
  10. Drizzle the top with the remaining ½ tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  11. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove the gratin from the oven, mix the breadcrumbs and mozzarella shreds together in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of the gratin.
  13. Return to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes until the breadcrumbs start to brown and the cheese melts.
  14. Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes to set before serving.

 

*This post is sponsored by GO Veggie! and KitchenPLAY, all opinions and content are my own.

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