I learned that I was allergic to cow’s milk two decades ago. Over the years, I have experimented to make “old favorites” deliciously dairy-free plus found new favorites. Because of that, I typically don’t miss real milk, cheese, ice cream, etc. But sometimes I crave a rich, creamy, cheesy dish … and this new creamy dairy-free Swiss chard and butternut squash gratin recipe fits the bill. I think it is the most delightful, decadent, creamy, comforting side dish I have made to date! 🙂 And it’s filled with healthy vegetables!! SCORE!
Dairy-Free Wins the Taste Test!
For a feature article I’m working on comparing several of the grocery delivery services (such as Blue Apron), I received the ingredients for seared steak and a butternut squash and Swiss chard casserole from Plated. Because the casserole recipe had so much dairy in it, I split the ingredients in two and made one per the instructions and the other adjusting this and that and making it dairy-free.
The result? For the first time in history, my husband preferred the dairy-free version of something!! I couldn’t compare the two, but I loved my version so much that I really didn’t want to share it with him (but, of course, I did 😉 ). And then I promised myself I’d write down what I did so I could remake it … which I did, adjusting it just slightly after remaking it a couple times.
Creamy Dairy-Free Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Gratin – Can Be Made Gluten-Free Too
If you have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, this dish can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread crumbs for the top or just leaving them off. They’re a nice component of the dish, but the vegetables and creamy sauce are the stars.
If you ever need a side dish to impress or simply need a creamy, delicious blend of awesomeness for yourself, THIS is the dish to make! It pairs well with a spring salad (pictured below), but it’s also a comforting winter dish. I plan to double or triple the recipe and make it for Christmas dinner this year. All the beautiful red and green colors are screaming to be a holiday dish, don’t you think? I may just have to taste test it monthly between now and then 😉 It’s seriously THAT good.