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November 05, 2012


Oh WOW. This is exactly the inspiration I was looking for! (I'm hosting a weekly vegetarian night dinner for some friends.)

If you don't mind a question: Is there anything that can be done ahead? The dinner's usually on a Monday night, so do you think I could get home, make the dough, and top the refrigerated veggie casserole before popping into the oven? Would I need to maybe first get the veggies hot again in the oven?

Thank you!!

Do you have any advice on how to peel an acorn squash while retaining all of your fingers?

L: Great question! For smooth squash like butternut, I just use a vegetable peeler, but that doesn't work well for squash with lots of ridges like acorn. For those, I cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds as usual, then cut the halves into thick strips and cut those strips into chunks (in the case of this recipe, 1-inch chunks). Then, one piece at a time, I position the chunks so the skin is on one side, and slice it right off the side. Repeat for all of the chunks. It's a little tedious, but it gets the job done. Luckily, acorn squashes aren't that big!

Jeena: To divide up the work between a couple of days is fine, and the way you described is exactly what I'd do: Saute the veggies ahead of time, bake them covered for 30 minutes, then cool and refrigerate them at that point. The next day, preheat the oven with the cold casserole dish of veggies inside to heat them up while you're making the biscuit dough. The only thing I can foresee is maybe adding a little bit more water (say 1/4 cup) in case some liquid was absorbed by the vegetables overnight. That's just a hunch, though. Let me know how it turns out.

Thank you SO much. I will definitely report back. Also--awesome squash handling tips to the other commenter!

This sounds absolutely delicious! I've been looking for more vegetarian dishes like this - thanks. I have fond memories of Hamersley's too. For a year, I lived in the South End right behind the restaurant. The scent of the sauteed mushroom and garlic sandwich was amazing!

I just made this, and it is DELICIOUS. Invited one of my friends over to glory in the magnificence, and he, eyes shining with joy, exclaimed "IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE PICTURE!" Thanks for sharing wonderful recipes.

what a great idea! i may make this tonight

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