Even though I no longer do a turkey dinner this time of year I am aware that a lot of people do.
The discussions on the merits of Green Bean Casserole have been flooding the internet. I particularly enjoyed an article that listed survey results of the most disliked Thanksgiving Dinner foods.
Yes, Green Bean Casserole made it into the top 10.
The cranberry thing that comes in a can, and maintains the can shape before slicing, (whatever it’s called) also made the list.
I was surprised to see turkey and stuffing on the list…. I mean, if you don’t like those why bother? And pumpkin pie? Really?
On reflection, it must have been a survey of curmudgeons.
If you’re looking for an alternative side dish, or maybe just one more to add to the holiday table Butternut Squash and Basmati Rice Gratin might be just the thing.
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Butternut Squash and Rice Gratin
This is an easy side dish of winter squash and rice. It can be made ahead and kept at room temperature for up to an hour, then the final baking done at the last minute.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Rice Side Dishes
- 1/2 cup Basmati rice
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
- 8oz (250gr) butternut squash, cut into small cubes
- 1 medium – large leek, cleaned, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2oz (45gr) bacon, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook rice in 1 cup of chicken stock until done. Remove and fluff,
- Heat oil and paprika in a large skillet.
- Add bacon, squash, leeks and sauté until vegetables are tender bacon is done, about 10 minutes.
- Add chicken stock, thyme, cover and keep warm until rice is done.
- To finish: combine rice, vegetables, yogurt and Parmesan.
- Spoon into a baking dish and bake, 400F (200C), for 15 minutes, until top starts to brown.
You can substitute a medium onion, chopped, for the leek and any winter squash, including pumpkin, in place of the butternut squash.
The recipe doubles or triples easily
Keywords: butternut squash, basmati rice, rice gratin
One of the things one notices in Morocco is that there are very few dogs running around the streets….
But lots of cats.
And the cats do what cats like to do.
Like climb on stuff,,, and then clean themselves.
They also can be found inside stuff – like planters and boxes and crates. It did seem like planters were a particular favorite… and they don’t mind sharing.
When there are cats meandering about on their own there are going to be kittens. Everyone seems to do their part in taking care of them. The shop keepers put food out, and beds and baskets are in the street for them.
They are gracious in their acceptance of human generosity. This one is contentedly surveying his domain.