Red Kuri Gratin



Butter (for the dish)

1 small red kuri squash (a generous 1 pound), seeded and sliced

2 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 small zucchini, grated

2/3 cup ricotta

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for the top

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1/2 cup grated Fontina or crumbled blue cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste 81 tablespoon butter, cut up (for the top)


1Set the oven at 400 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish.

2 In a large saucepan fitted with a steamer insert, combine the squash and potatoes. Bring to a boil, cover the pan, and steam over high heat for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender when pierced with a skewer.

3 Using a food mill or ricer set over a bowl, work the vegetables to form a puree. Or mash them with a potato masher until they are coarsely pureed. Add the zucchini, ricotta, nutmeg, parsley, 1/4 cup of the Fontina or blue cheese, and plenty of salt and pepper.

4 Transfer the mixture to the baking dish. Smooth the top. Add the remaining 1/4 cup cheese, butter, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

5 Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden. Let the dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.