Butternut Squash Timbales with Warm Apples Slices

I still have 3 spaghetti squash and 5 butternut squash in my cellar.

We took a break over Christmas and had the more traditional Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts.

We both love all the winter squashes, but it was a treat to have something green.

These timbales were also a treat.

I’ve made other variations in the past. This time I wanted it to be simple, but I like the idea of pairing winter squashes with apples.

Still, I was thinking first course, not dessert, so I didn’t use any apple-pie spices.

Since it was Christmas I added a spoonful of the Ginger Cranberry Sauce.

I used a Pink Lady apple and left the peel on to help retain shape.

Butternut Squash Timbales with Warm Apples Slices

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash, finely shredded
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1 egg
  • butter for ramekins
  • 1 apple, sliced,  do not peel
  • 1 tbs butter

Butternut Squash Timbale with Apple Slizes


  • Butter 2 ramekins and line bottom with buttered parchment or waxed paper
  • Make 2 more circles and butter one side for the top.
  • Whisk egg, mustard, herbs, salt and paprika.
  • Add butternut squash, cheese and mix well.
  • Spoon into prepared ramekins.  Cover with the top circle. Put into a roasting pan with deep sides – I use a metal bread pan, and add hot water (hot tap water is fine) so that it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes, until set – top will be firm.
  • While timbales bake – 5 minutes before they’re ready:
  • Sauté apples slices in butter until soft, turning once, app. 7 minutes. Be careful not to get them so soft that they lose their shape.
  • Keep warm until needed.
  • Remove from oven and carefully remove ramekins from hot water.
  • Remove paper.  Run a knife around edges of timbales and invert onto small plates.  Remove paper.
  • Spoon Apples around the timbales and serve.

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No update this week…..

Mon mari has been lazing around the house, sitting in front of the fire, and watching some of the stupid entertaining end-of-year programs on TV.

He has several excuses….

It’s the Christmas holidays and no one else is working. (Yeah, right!)

It’s cold. (It got down to -6 C / 21 F last night and only up to 4 C / 39 F today. That may be cold by French standards but we’re from the Midwest – that’s balmy in the Midwest. Besides, he’s working inside.)

He needs ceiling boards and doesn’t want to take the trailer to Bordeaux to buy them until after the holidays. (This one actually works. With all the kids on holiday break it would be a zoo.)

As for me….. I think I’ll go join him by the fire.

In the meantime – enjoy some more winter squashes.

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9 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Timbales with Warm Apples Slices”

  1. I don’t like squash. The only squash I’ll eat is pumpkin and that has to be in a pie. BUT! We went to Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village which is just outside Dearborn in MI and, as we do every year, had dinner at the Eagle Tavern. First course was Butternut Squash Soup. I dared to try it and…LOVED it! So maybe my taste buds are changing a bit. Who knows?

    I wish I was sitting in front of the fireplace but alas, our new home still doesn’t have one. Soon, I hope.

  2. I love squash, but don’t buy it here much, although it is increasingly available.

    It is darn cold isn’t it? Here it hovered below freezing all day, but Rodez being Rodez, it was absolutely unbearable — I went into town for lunch with remaining daughter and there was a definite wind chill factor going on big-time.

  3. nightsmusic, I used to be the same, buy my hubs loves vegetables of all kinds and I learned it’s all in how I fix them LOL

    Betty, yesterday we had fierce wind and it was awful. Today, sunny, calm but cold. I no longer like winter LOL

  4. Been cold here too. Had a blizzard warning on top of Mauna Kea with high winds. I wish there were a way to judge a good winter squash. Some are tasteless and many terrific. Any ideas on how to judge a sweet, nutty one???? Curious in the middle of the Pacific.

  5. This is such a unique recipe! I’m pinning this to my winter squash board for inspiration. I still have two baskets of all types of squash to get through this winter and this looks like such a neat recipe to try!

  6. Phoenicia, love to hear about blizzards in Hawaii LOL. I have no idea on how to pick a squash at the supermarket. From my garden I just leave them on the vine as long as possible. But the ripe ones look the same as the unripe usually.

    Kate, 20C would be nice…. We haven’t been above 5C all week.

    Ina, thanks – and Happy Holidays!

    LeAndra, thanks – I love making timbales. Pop them in the oven and forget about them for 30 minutes.

    Amy, I still have lots of them too…. Time to get creative, Thanks

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