Make an Acorn Squash Gratin in Your Air Fryer
This isn't your usual acorn squash dish. It's easy, cheesy, light, and good. The recipe makes enough for two to four people, so you won't have lots of leftovers (even though you might want them). You'll need to pre-cook the acorn squash in the microwave and let it cool enough to handle it. Then preparation takes about five minutes, and you can cook the dish in the air fryer in 15-20 minutes. The squash dish is savory, not sweet like most squash dishes. It includes Parmesan and Swiss/Gruyere cheeses and is a little like a souffle without the high puff. It's good! Enjoy!
Acorn Squash Gratin -- Serves 2-4
1 medium-large acorn squash
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/4 cup of grated Swiss/Gruyere cheese, divided
Pierce the squash in 3-4 places with a large knife and put the squash on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the squash with a paper towel and microwave the squash on high for 6-10 minutes, turning it over mid-way through. The squash should be soft. Let the squash cool until you can handle it. Then, cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and inner membrane and put them aside (compost them or give them to the birds/squirrels), and scoop the flesh of the squash into a medium bowl. Mash the squash flesh. Beat in an egg, the salt and pepper, the Parmesan, thyme, and half of the Swiss cheese. Pour the mixture into a 5-6-inch square or round pan that you have spritzed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the top of the mixture with the remaining cheese, mashing the cheese into the mixture a little. Put the squash-filled dish in your air fryer basket, put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the squash at 320 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until puffed and deep brown. Remove the squash gratin from the air fryer basket to cool a little (it will deflate). Sprinkle the gratin with parsley before serving it, if you'd like.