Last week when I made the Baked Ham with Cranberry Apricot Glaze, I also made some low carb side dishes to go along with it. One was the truly delicious Creamed Kale recipe I posted yesterday, and the other was this melt in your mouth Butternut Squash & Fennel Gratin.
They both complemented the ham and each other beautifully, so if you’re looking for a relatively easy low carb dinner menu for entertaining guests or family then this is definitely a great option!
The butternut squash and fennel combined has a lovely sweet and slightly anise flavor – I love the tang that the blue cheese gives it, but if you aren’t a blue cheese fan you could substitute goat cheese or even gruyere or swiss with great results!
I didn’t even have to use the cavity part for mine because the neck of the squash I found was abnormally long, but if you do it’s not a big deal – just hide the ugly pieces at the bottom and nobody will ever know! ?
As far as the fennel goes, it will likely come apart into rings anyway so you don’t need to worry too much about how neat your slices are, just make sure they aren’t too thick or they won’t soften at the same rate as the squash during cooking.
This Butternut Squash & Fennel Gratin is a delicious and healthy low carb side dish that reheats really well if you want to make it in advance. Perfect when you’re entertaining or anytime you want a comforting home cooked meal.
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