Baked Butternut Squash Crumble-Casserole Recipe

by on December 7, 2014

Delicious Butternut Squash Crumble Casserole Recipe on @whiteonrice

Back by reader request, here’s our classic butternut squash crumble recipe with new images and updated technique. It’s a holiday reader favorite since 2010 and also shared in our Bountiful Cookbook. Great as a side dish or vegetarian entree, you can adapt it with sausage or ground meat for a meat-lovers version. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! 

Sweet, nutty and tender butternut squash 

Delicious Butternut Squash Crumble Casserole Recipe on @whiteonrice

When Fall and Winter arrives, we get giggly excited about  butternut squash . It’s one of our favorite vegetables that we rarely ever get exhausted of.  This sexy, curvaceous shaped looking gourd is a sign that the holidays are around the corner and we’ll be pacing ourselves with back to back feasts. Time to hit the gym and dojo for extra calorie burning sessions.

The curves of butternut squash are always fun to photograph and when exposed down the center, the squash has even more visual interest. It’s just so darn sexy and pretty. Add some spices, butter and heat, this beautiful beast is double trouble delicious.

We’ve  started to get a little bored with our truffled butternut squash soup and our standard roasted butternut squash apple casserole .  They are really, really good, but if we have them all of the time, they stop being special.

We started looking around for something we haven’t had before and that sounded delicious. We came upon this Butternut Squash Crumble from Martha Stewart and instantly knew it was a winner. It is a fantastic savory take on a crumble.  A different twist for the squash and a different twist for the crumble, and definitely a good marriage.

You can make this in a larger 2-quarat baking dish or divvy  it up between several smaller ones, either way works great. We made ours with some homemade stock from a smoked turkey and it took the flavors over the top.  Regular stock (chicken, turkey, veal) will work fine too and you could always add bacon for a little extra kick. If you happen to be smoking a turkey or any chickens this fall, make sure to save the carcasses to use for stocks.  Freeze the stocks in 2 cup increments, and pull them out for the the “holy cow” factor for your recipes.

Hugs to you all,

todd and diane

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Butternut Squash Crumble

Yield: Serves 8

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This recipe easily changes from 2-quart baking dish crumble to smaller individual or shared crumbles.  Choose the serving size you wish, then for the smaller sizes, reduce the cooking times just a bit.

Ingredients:

Filling Ingredients

  • 3 pounds (1.4 kg) butternut squash (1 lrg or multiple small) peeled and cut into 1/2-3/4" pieces
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) truffled olive oil (optional)
  • 3-4 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 ounces bacon or pancetta (about 2 thick-cut strips bacon), chopped
  • 1 cup (70g) finely chopped brown mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 fresh sage leaf, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) chicken or turkey stock
  • kosher or sea salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (30g) finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) kosher or sea salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Generously butter a 2-quart gratin dish or several small equivalents.
  2. Make the filling: In a large skillet heat olive oil (and optional truffled olive oil) over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, garlic, and bacon or pancetta, and sauté until the shallots are soft, 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and butternut squash and sauté until the squash starts to soften and brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add parsley, sage, stock, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour the squash mixture into the prepared baking dish(es).  Cover tightly with foil or lid and bake in oven until just tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Make the crumble topping: While butternut squash bakes, prepare crumble. Place the flour, walnut, brown sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.  Add butter pieces and pinch with your fingers until mixture is the consistency of coarse meal, there will still be some pea sized lumps of butter. Set aside in freezer until squash is ready for topping.
  5. Removing the dish from the oven and uncover.  Scatter crumble topping over squash and then return to oven.  Bake for 45 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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1 Sally from My Custard Pie October 29, 2010 at 3:36 am

You did it – you made a butternut squash look sexy. Talk about food porn! How clever. Great recipe too.

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2 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm

sally- food porn? we wanted to show how sexy the squash can be, so we like to think of it more like food boudoir! thank you.

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet October 29, 2010 at 3:49 am

I love this take on a crumble with squash. Gets me to eat my veggies!

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4 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Jessica- yeah, it’s a wonderful way to eat veggies and lots of them!

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5 Kalynskitchen October 29, 2010 at 5:47 am

I am also just crazy about butternut squash, and I think I could eat it every day in the fall. Beautiful photos; this looks fantastic!

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6 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm

It’s definitely one of our favorite fall-winter vegetables. This is easily one of the best ways we’ve had butternut squash, too. Thanks for the sweet regards!

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7 Matt October 29, 2010 at 6:10 am

Looks delicious! Great photography as usual.

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8 Gosia October 29, 2010 at 6:29 am

As usual, your images instantly make me read and, consequently, cook and eat the dish you feature. This is no different. Many thanks for sharing.

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9 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Gosia- thank you, glad the post made you want to cook and eat the dish! that’s what we always hope for. enjoy.

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10 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets October 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

Stunning photography and what a wonderful way to use winter squash. I really can’t wait to try it :).

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11 laura @ alittlebarefoot October 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

butternut squash *is* sexy. sounds delish!

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12 Maria October 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

You certainly made butternut squash sexy! Loving this recipe!

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13 toni October 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

The photo says it all. I’m on it!

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14 justcooknyc October 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

i love the way you styled these

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15 Anne October 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

Between this and Matt Bite’s vegetable crumble, I may never eat a non-crumble veggie again! I can’t wait to try this since, like you, I eagerly await butternut squash season and eat it at least once a week during the fall.

One question- I’m curious as to why the butternut squash needs to be sauteed before baking? I’m sure Martha Stewart has some specific purpose to this, but since it bakes for an hour total…is that step necessary? Is it to brown the squah for some carmelization?

Thanks- amazing photos as always.!

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16 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hi Anne- matt’s veggie crumble looks awesome and these savory versions of crumble might be the next big thing!

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17 norma October 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

I am sure this is very tasty…but you outdid yourself with these beautiful pictures.

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18 Dana Zia October 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

You guys have done it again! This looks positively delectable! I love winter squash and I think this recipe could be easily converted to gluten free. I’ll have to give it the old college try. I also want to tell you how much I enjoy that you also put hints on how you took the pictures. That really helps me to figure it all out. Cheers!

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19 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Dana- this recipe would be so easy to convert o gluten free. What a great idea!

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20 bunkycooks October 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

You have made the squash look sexy! I am wondering if one of my funky pumpkins might work in this dish. They are all a bit different and not quite like squash, but it might be worth a try! This looks so good, I don’t think I could go wrong substituting pumpkin. ;)

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21 Lollie October 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I love how you put the butternut squash on its richly deserved pedestal. Beautiful post. I’ll have to try it just as soon as i get some of those adorable ramekins.

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22 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

lollie- thank you! and that pedestal helped make the shot even better and we found it for $5 at a vintage store.

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23 TheKitchenWitch October 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I love you guys–you can make squash sexy! I also love that you can take awesome photos at 10pm–you set the bar so high, and refuse to compromise.

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24 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Dana- you are sexxxxy, even more than the squash. for sure.

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25 marla {family fresh cooking} October 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Did I read the words “divvy up and share” um no. I don’t share when something this good comes my way. The individual ramekins would work better ’cause then these sexy squash crumbles would be all mine. & I could portion control. I think. xo

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26 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Marla- yes, yes, you must share. ;) but the individual serving ramekins will help maintain portion control because it’s so good, everyone will want more.

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27 Jennifer October 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Mmmm your butternut squash looks amazing. Definitely has my mouth watering.

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28 delishhh October 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm

WOW – never thought i would make a crumble from butternut squash but now i am really curious of how this tastes. I love butternut squash and apple soup that i make all the time, now i have to try this out.

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29 Kiran October 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Crumble from butternut squash?? This is first :) Interesting!

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30 White on Rice Couple October 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Kirin- yes, it sounded very interesting to us when we found the recipe. After eating it, it’s so amazing and we’ll always have it on our dinner table!

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31 Katie October 31, 2010 at 6:38 am

I SO like the savory of Butternut squash better than the sweet! This looks wonderful! My new fav way to make it – roast it into cubes. Make a compound butter of 1 pound of butter, 1 red chili (I used a red ripened jalepeno from my garden, 2 garlic cloves and a handful of fresh sage. Puree in food processor then throw in about 1/2 cup into a saute pan with the roasted squash and stir around just to melt the butter. To DIE for!

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32 Katie October 31, 2010 at 6:40 am

And the pictures, are SOOOO beautiful!

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33 joudie's mood food October 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

OOOOOh How lovely. Butternut crumble. How scrumptious. I think this is lovely! Wish i loved near…..

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34 Georgia October 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Wow, another great way to utilize butternut squash – one of my favorite fall treats!

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35 Jennifer November 1, 2010 at 6:38 am

This is BRILLIANT! I am SO making this very soon.

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36 Katie | GoodLife Eats November 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

This looks really good. I’m always on the lookout for new squash recipes. And thanks so much for linking my risotto post!

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37 White on Rice Couple November 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

katie- your risotto post looks so awesome, gotta make it soon.

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38 Donna November 4, 2010 at 8:15 am

Hi T&D
Haven’t been to your site in awhile and just took the time to read & see your posts —Love what your doing photo wise doing both conceptual & natural settings. You are both inspirational!

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39 zallen November 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Looking forward to making this dish, sounds and looks delicious! Steaming writing and photos, even the butternut squash in the first photo is starting to perspire!

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40 Amelia from Z Tasty Life November 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

curvalicious!!!

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41 kip November 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Just made this for friends the other night along with apple stuffed pork chops sprinkled with blue cheese, it was a devine meal. What a welcome into fall. Thanks for sharing.

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42 Brent & Lisa November 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

We’re finally catching up on our blog reading and are “starring” this post on our Google Reader page. We think this one will go great with a little ice cream!

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43 Cynthia A. December 8, 2014 at 7:40 am

A smash up of two of my favorite foods – butternut squash and stuffing. I didn’t think I could love you guys anymore than I do, but this recipe makes me drool (and thus the food love goes up a notch).

I keep imagining some crumbled turkey sausage in this. More drool.

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44 Lizthechef December 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

Pinned to my Healthy Casserole board. Happy to have the sign-up for your newsletter. Happy Holidays – I miss you both!

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45 Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion December 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I wonder if butternut squash will ever go out of style. I hope not, I love finding new recipes that enhance it flavor. Can’t wait to try this one.

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46 Shaza Hotel December 9, 2014 at 2:15 am

Love this receipe. The pics are really mouth watering.

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47 Jura / recipesonthefly December 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

Beautiful photos … this butternut squash crumble is so inviting!

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48 Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy December 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Your photos are just perfection…seriously inspirational!

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