Lamb and Butternut Squash Casserole

Here’s another recipe for leftover lamb. This one is good if you’ve got about an hour before dinner, but don’t want to spend the whole time cooking. It’s also good if dinner might be delayed, because it will happily keep warm in the oven for quite a while.Picture of full meal with squash/lamb casserole

Serves 3

Ingredients:

3 small or one large Butternut squash
6 ounces Leftover cooked lamb, sliced thin
1 tablespoon Butter or margarine
1 tablespoon Plain flour
1 cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon Tarragon
Dash Nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C/gas mark 4.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds, then cut in finger width slices.
  3. Place in oven- and microwave- safe oval casserole dish with a splash of water. Cover and microwave on high for about three minutes. This will kick start the cooking and reduce the total time required in the main oven. Leave the lid on so it will continue to steam-cook while you make a white sauce:
  4. Melt butter over low heat in a small saucepan
    Stir in flour with a whisk. Add seasonings now. The dry ingredients should absorb all the fat, and clump together.
    Pour in some of the milk, and whisk to a smooth paste. Gradually add all the milk, whisking constantly to maintain a consistent texture.
    Increase heat to bring to a boil. Boil and stir for a minute or so, until thickened.
  5. Slice the lamb now, if you haven’t already done so.
  6. Place lamb and squash slices alternately in a pleasing arrangement in casserole. They won’t stay arranged when you’re ready to serve, but flavours will blend better and it’ll look pretty in the dish. (Excess squash can be slotted in around the edges.)
  7. Pour sauce over the meat and veg; it won’t cover it completely in any way. It is there to add a bit of moisture and some delicate seasoning. There will be very little ‘sauce’ left when the ‘casserole’ is done cooking. Replace lid.Picture showing sauce added to casserole
  8. Bake, covered for 30-40 minutes. Dinner is ready when the squash is fork tender.Picture showing fork piercing cooked squash
  9. Serve as desired.
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3 comments on “Lamb and Butternut Squash Casserole
  1. […] four: Lamb and butternut squash casserole, steamed beans (probably our last fresh ones of the year), apples baked with cinnamon […]

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  2. Gale Wright says:

    It’s really nice to see different ways to use squash! This looks delicious.

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