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Whole Kabocha Squash Gratin

Whole Kabocha Squash Gratin

Happy Halloween!
Use the whole kabocha squash and enjoy the Halloween atmosphere.

Ingredients

Kabocha squash
1 small sized one
Frozen seafood mix
to your liking
Bacon
3 to 4 slices
Onion
1/2
Butter
more than 10g
Plain flour
3 tablespoons
Milk
300ml
Soup stock cube
1 cube
Salt and pepper
to taste
Panko
as needed
Cheese
as needed

Steps

1. Wrap the kabocha squash tightly with cellophane wrap and microwave. You'll scoop out the inside of the kabocha squash, so heat well.
2. This time, I heated it for 7 minutes while checking at 700W and then turned it over and heated for another 3 minutes. Let the whole thing become soft.
3. When it becomes soft, cut off the upper part to make a lid. Scoop out the inside and make a container.
4. Make the gratin. Stir fry the onion and bacon in a pan and add the seafood mix. When they are cooked through, throw in the butter. When the butter has melted, add flour and stir fry until the flouriness is gone. Add milk and a soup stock cube.
5. Add the kabocha squash. Add the amount you want to add. You can also keep the remaining kabocha squash for a salad, too. It feels good because you can enjoy it twice with this. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and transfer it to the kabocha squash container. Sprinkle panko and cheese (I used easy melting parmesan).
6. I sprinkled panko and mayonnaise and baked it.
7. Bake it in an oven until the cheese melts. At my place, I bake it for about 10 minutes at 430F/220C, but you can bake it to your liking. Cover it with the lid you made when it is ready.
8. Done.
9. Here is the Halloween decoration version.
10. For 2009, I made this recipe using a white kabocha squash I received. The outside was white so I was surprised!

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make a menu which feels like Halloween and made this recipe.
It was delicious. I am thinking of making it again this year too.