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Winter Squash Flan


This isn't so much an eggy flan as it is a rustic molded puree of squash and potatoes. It's a perfect match for homey pot- or oven-roasted meat or poultry.

  1. 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  2. 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  3. 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  4. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  5. 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In separate saucepans, steam the squash and potato, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Press the potato through a fine sieve or a ricer. Puree the squash in a food processor until smooth. Add the bread crumbs, eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper and nutmeg to the squash and pulse to blend. Transfer the squash to a bowl and stir in the potato.
  2. Butter an 8-inch shallow round baking dish or a 4-cup ring mold and set it in a larger pan. Spoon the flan mixture into the baking dish, smoothing the top. Add enough boiling water to the pan to reach halfway up the side of the dish. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until set. Remove the dish from the water bath and let the flan cool slightly. Serve the flan directly from the baking dish or unmold it onto a plate.
Make Ahead The flan can be refrigerated overnight. Cover loosely with foil and rewarm in a 325° oven for 20 minutes.