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Got a sudden craving for something cheesy and starchy to warm the body up on a cold winter’s night? Don’t want to fill up on a heavy dish full of fat and calories? Then try this light, yet flavorful Potato, Squash, and Goat Cheese Gratin and your taste buds will be stimulated.

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Traditionally, most gratins consist of heavy cream, butter, and mounds of delicious and savory cheeses, however this recipe is the exception. Not only is this recipe a healthy substitute for a potato gratin, every ingredient needed can be found at the local farmers market.

So gather a group of friends, some loved one’s or even enjoy an evening to yourself and try this delicious Potato, Squash, and Goat Cheese Gratin, you’ll be happy you did!

Potato, Squash, & Goat Cheese Gratin Recipe

serves six

2 medium yellow squash, about 1/2 pound
4 small to medium red potatoes, about 1 pound
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil or thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Use a mandoline or chef's knife to slice the squash and potatoes into very, very thin slices, 1/8-inch or less. Toss the sliced vegetables with the 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl.

Place 1/3 of the squash and potato slices in the bottom of the dish — no need to layer them squash-potato-squash; just spread evenly — then season with salt and pepper. Top with half of the goat cheese, scattered evenly in large chunks. Repeat with another 1/3 of the vegetables, seasoning again with salt and pepper and topping with the other 1/2 of the goat cheese. Finish by layering on the final 1/3 of the vegetables and seasoning with salt and pepper.

Pour the milk over the entire dish. Top with the parmesan cheese. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 15 more minutes, until the top browns. Scatter on the fresh basil, if using.

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