REVIEW – Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin
I tried some of the Butternut Squash and Creamed Spinach Gratin from Trader Joe's. These appear to be a seasonal item at Trader Joe's that's usually available towards the end and beginning of each year.
The back of the box states, "Imagine making a non-meat lasagna with thinly sliced butternut squash in place of pasta and layered with flavorful creamed spinach and Parmesan cheese."
That actually didn't sound very appealing to me... I like lasagna-type foods, and I like squash, spinach, and cheese, but the idea of them all combined into one thing sounded gross. I will note someone else bought this, as I probably wouldn't have bought it on my own to try.
Even though it didn't sound very appealing, we still prepared it using the microwave instructions and gave it a taste.
At the very least, I was expecting to be able to taste the Parmesan cheese or the sweetness from the squash, but, unfortunately, it was all overwhelmed by a bad, sour taste... it kind of tasted like a sour quiche or something (I do not like quiche, by the way...). Both my boyfriend and I thought it was pretty disgusting. Oddly, one person we shared it with said it was his favorite dish. Shudder. I don't think I will eat this ever again.
Update: SO... I was wrong about never eating this again. My boyfriend's parents bought this again as a side for another meal so I ended up trying it a second time... and this time it was delicious! It was sweet with a little cheesy taste and wasn't super sour like the other box I had. I guess something might have gone bad with the first box?
Another Update: I had more of this since it was delicious last time, but sometimes it doesn't taste as sweet. Sometimes it's delicious, and sometimes it's more bland and just not as good.Food: Trader Joe's Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratinfrom Trader Joes
Source: Trader Joe's, Tucson, AZ
Rating: 1st try: Disgusting, 2nd try: Delicious, Subsequent tries: Inconsistent (Sometimes delicious, sometimes OK)