Stichelton Cheese and Butternut Squash Gratin: a taste of luxury

Published Monday, May 5 2014, 10:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Forget your usual mash or chips for your dinner accompaniment, we've got a great recipe for posh Stichelton cheese and butternut squash gratin!

Tasty cheese, butternut squash and a naughty helping of cream makes this the perfect treat to serve with your chosen meat.

The recipe is courtesy of Slow Food Week, which takes place between 1 and 8 June. This organisation aims to reconnect people with forgotten foods and to remind them where food comes from and how it is produced. It encourages us all to choose food from a sustainable, local source – and to really think about where our meals have come from.

Stichelton cheese and butternut squash gratin

© Slow Food Week


  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 25g unsalted butter + extra for greasing
  • 1kg butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed, 4mm thick slices
  • 400ml double cream
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 200g Stichelton cheese, crumbed


1 Preheat the oven to 180x and grease an 18cm rectangular oven dish with butter. Set aside.

2 In a large saucepan, over a low heat, sweat the sliced onions and garlic in the butter with seasoning for about 5-8 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and stir regularly.

3 Once the onions are transparent and soft, but not coloured, add the butternut squash, mix and add the cream.

4 Cover the pan with a lid, increase the heat to medium and bring the cream to the boil. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat and adjust the seasoning if needed.

5 Layer the butternut squash, onions and cream in the greased oven dish and sprinkle some of the crumbed Stichelton between the layers – keep half of the cheese for the top.

6 Complete the layers and press the butternut down, pour all the cream from the pan over the butternut and scatter the remaining crumbed cheese over the top.

7 Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and the butternut squash is cooked through.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

20-25 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of Madaelene Bonvini-Hamel and Ross Pike

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