I’m pretty sure that my neighbors think that Marc and I eat a LOT of food. Or that we’re feeding a family of 10 in our little three bedroom house. On average, I’d say I go to the grocery store at least five times a week. I usually do one big trip on Saturday. Then again on Sunday since I obviously forgot the heavy cream and tomato paste on Saturday and life cannot. go. on. without the heavy cream and tomato paste.
Monday I rarely go because I’m busy work work working, but then Tuesday – oh boy. This is my other “day off” during the week since I work four 10 hour days,. This is the day when I do a lot of cooking. By this point I’ve already thought of three more recipes that I want to test on my cooking day, so I go to the store after my morning spinning class.
The problem with this is that I usually haven’t thought to make a grocery list for my new recipes, so I go off what I think I will need. Of course this puts me back at the grocery store around noon, when I realize I forgot the lemon and have run out of flour.
So basically, this means my neighbors see me going from my car with bags of groceries almost every time I come home. They have to be thinking “What is this girl doing with all this food?!” Believe me neighbors, I’m wondering the same thing. We do however eat it all. Impressive, yes.
When I set out to make this butternut squash and brussels sprout gratin, however, I wasn’t sure if it would be finished before another load of leftovers took over the fridge (i.e. Friendsgiving). While it’s something Marc would eat and actually enjoy, it’s not something he would eat for leftovers. Marc rarely eats leftovers, and veggies are definitely not on his short list of leftovers he’ll actually eat. So, it was just me and the gratin.
I’m happy to report that this delicious, brussels sprout filled gratin that I made on Tuesday is G-O-N-E! And I’m writing this on Thursday. Maybe it’s because I’m a brussels sprout feign and a squash freak, but I really loved this dish. And honestly – SO easy. I’ve also included instructions on how to make it even easier on Turkey Day by doing most of the work a day in advance. So all you would have to do on Thursday is throw it in the oven. Yer welcome.
The squash and brussels sprouts are a great veggie pair, and then along with some creamy leeks, lotsa cheeses, and some cream (or milk), it’s heaven. If heaven were made of veggies.
So if grandma Jane wants you to bring a veggie dish this year and green bean casserole is already spoken for, this is your dish. You’ll turn those crazy b-sprout haters into lovers and be this years Thanksgiving hero. Promise.