Butternut Squash and Spinach Casserole

Hubby and I love butternut squash. It’s another one of many foods that I had never tried prior to meeting Hubby. He has definitely opened my eyes to many new and wonderful foods in the 8+ years we’ve been together.

We both enjoy squash just roasted in the oven, but it’s fun to dress things up every once and a while. This dish feeds quite a few and travels really well. So it’s great for get togethers of any kind. We took this to Hubby’s work holiday party and the dish came home clean. It really is a very tasty dish that could accompany any main course.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for the prep work for this recipe. Once everything gets chopped, it comes together in about 10 minutes before throwing it in the oven for 45 minutes. But chopping that much squash, plus two onions and prepping the spinach takes a bit of time.

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Butternut Squash and Spinach Bake

Yield: ~12-16

Ingredients:

3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 6 cups)
10 oz fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions, trimmed, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 cup whole or low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs, beaten
2 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1/2 cup bread crumbs, toasted
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pecans, toasted
2 cups coarsely grated cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-x-13-inch baking dish or 4-quart casserole.

Place 3 quarts water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the squash to the water, return to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes. The squash will turn a deeper orange. Add spinach to squash and boil one more minute. Drain squash and spinach and set aside.

Melt the butter in the stockpot and add the oil. Add the onions and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent and limp, about 8 minutes, stirring to prevent browning. Add the warm squash and the buttermilk, eggs, thyme, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, 1/8 cup pecans and 1 1/3 cups cheese. Blend with a wooden spoon or spatula until the ingredients are well combined.

Spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 cup pecans and 2/3 cup cheese. Bake 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Ezra Pound Cake

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11 Responses to “Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans”

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    Lauren — November 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

    This dish sounds great! I love sweet potatoes and black beans together, and the cilantro and lime sound like the perfect flavor additions.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    My fiance isn’t the biggest fan of beans so I try to “sneak” them into dishes and this looks a great recipe to try out!

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    Eliana — November 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I absolutely adore sweet potatoes but wud have never thought of flavoring them with cilantro and lime. This sounds like it would turn out super delicious.

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    Kerstin — November 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    We always have black beans in the house too and they are just perfect with sweet potatoes too – yum!

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    becksterslaboratory — November 7, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Oh dear, I never thought of pairing these 4 fave flavors together. Amazing : )

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Yum! I love black beans and I also love that they are super good for you. I think this would be an awesome quick weeknight dinner!

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    tobias cooks! — November 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    perfect combo of tastes. I would love to try this one.

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    Boston Food Diary — November 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Mmmm what a refreshing twist on sweet potatoes! These sound hearty and delicious!

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    Carrie — November 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    What a great recipe and beautiful photo. Black beans and sweet potatoes (and cilantro, for that matter!) are a couple of my favorite foods, so I know that I’d love this!

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    lacasitainspirada — November 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Yum! I love black beans in salads. This sounds great!
    And great pictures, too!

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    robinakagoatmom — February 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Made a half recipe and loved it hot or cold! Took to a work pot luck and a hit with everyone. Thanks for another great recipe.

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