I am great fan of eating the seasonal vegetables. This way you get the ingredients that at the time when they are at their best.
It’s not environmentally-friendly and healthy, but the produce taste better as well. Autumn has many great ingredients to offer which you should definitely take advantage of.
Mushrooms of all sorts, chestnuts and kale for instance are all in their prime right now. So are pumpkins.
The butternut squash is a particularly delicious autumn vegetable that I want to use a little differently to create this recipe. With this on the dinner table, the horrible weather outside is not going to bother you one bit.
If you love heavy dishes, as an alternative, you can definitely go for the sweet potato gratin.
My butternut dauphinoise is a new spin on the French classic gratin dauphinoise. The French dish is usually made with potatoes, but this version with butternut squash is something else.
The nutty squash marries well with the French flavours of garlic, cream and gruyere cheese and I guarantee that this dish will warm your heart as well as your stomach during the cold winter months.
So what exactly is a butternut squash? Is it a pumpkin or a squash?
Well, although the butternut squash has yellow flesh, it is not a pumpkin. It is a so called winter squash, originally coming from North America.
What differentiates it the most from the summer squashes or courgettes, is the skin. When left on the vine to mature, the outer skin becomes hard, developing a protective shell around the flesh.
For the same reason, the butternut squash and its likes were treasured by the Native Americans.
The hard skin prevents the soft inner flesh from rotting thus the vegetable can be kept for a long time. A very beneficial feature back then before the comforts of the modern world we enjoy today.
Luckily, nowadays the butternut squash has also made its way to Europe, and is widely available, even out of the season.
However, if you want fresh locally grown butternut squash, you should head to your local farmers’ market because now is the time to get them.
grow your own
If you have a vegetable garden you can simply grow them yourself! Obviously, it is too late for this year, but if you prepare in time, you can have your own home grown butternut squash for next season.
In the spring, as soon as the danger of frost has passed you can start the growing process. If you live in a colder place where the growing season is short, you can start off a few weeks early indoors or in a greenhouse.
Thereafter, plant the squash in the garden. The butternut squash plants need quite a bit of space around them so make sure you leave plenty around each plant.
It can have vines up to 15 feet long. The reward however is that each plant will be able to bear between 10 and 20 squashes!
Once you harvest them in the autumn, all you have to do is store them somewhere dark and cool.
other uses for butternut squash
Butternut squash is actually a versatile ingredient. You can do so many things with it, like roasting or pan frying it with butter.
Apart from the dauphinoise, one of my favorite things to prepare from butternut squash is a creamy soup.
Try a beautiful hearty creamy soup from butternut squash topped off with a sprinkle of crispy fried bacon and chopped chives. It will be just the thing you need after a long day.
You can use butternut with pasta, in a risotto or blended and served as a puree with meat. It goes fantastic with venison.
You can even cut the squash into wedges or fries and oven bake them, as an alternative to the usual potato wedges. If you have come up with a brilliant use for butternut squash please leave a comment below.
I seasoned my butternut squash dauphinoise with only a little garlic and thyme. There are more herbs you can use that complement the flavour of the butternut squash.
If you still have fresh herbs in your garden, now is the time to make use of them before the frost starts to set in. As always, seasoning is a matter of taste, but for butternut squash I would particularly recommend oregano and sage.
We tend to not use sage very often in modern cooking and I find that a shame. It’s an absolutely delicious herb when paired with the right ingredients.
Butternut squash is one of sage’s very best friends. Be careful not to overdo it though, as sage is quite powerful in flavour. The same goes for nutmeg or cinnamon.
Also a very nice combination, but it has to be used very subtly. Otherwise, you will end up with a dauphinoise tasting more like a dessert than a savoury dish.
The butternut dauphinoise can be served either as a side dish with meat or by itself. It goes well with many types of meat, but I quite like it with darker meats such as beef or venison.
However, it can just as well be served with pork or a roasted chicken. If you want to serve it on its own, I recommend serving it with a green salad, and perhaps a piece of bread.
A tip is to incorporate some rocket salad and walnuts into the salad to have a little sharpness and bitterness to go up against the creamy dauphinoise.
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- Yield: 6 1x
Author: Michelle Minnaar
- 1 large or 2 small butternut
- 300ml (½ pt) double cream
- 2.5ml (½ tsp) salt
- 100ml (3fl oz) milk
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 3 oregano sprigs
- 15ml (1 tbsp) butter
- 60g (2 oz) Gruyere cheese
- Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5.
- Place the butternut in the microwave and zap it for 5 mins. This will make peeling the vegetable much easier!
- Peel the vegetable and remove the seeds.
- Either use a food processor or cut the butternut in thin slices by hand.
- Place the cream, salt, milk, garlic and oregano in a small saucepan and warm gently.
- Grease an ovenproof dish and arrange the butternut slices and pour over the creamy sauce.
- Cover with the dish with foil and place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove the from the oven and remove the foil.
- Top the butternut with cheese and place in the oven again. Bake for another 25-30 mins.
- Serve with a green salad or roast meat.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 262
- Sugar: 1.4 g
- Sodium: 215 mg
- Fat: 24.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 15 g
- Carbohydrates: 6.3 g
- Protein: 5.2 g
- Cholesterol: 87 mg
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Chop into chunks, drizzled with olive oil, thyme from the garden baked in the oven added to risotto base
I have to admit I've never cooked with it!
I love to make Roasted butternut squash soup!
I love to make Butternut Squash Rostis
Mmmm this looks delicious and is a brilliant idea! Love butternut squash and I bet it works really well in a dauphinoise. I can certainly see this being on the menu for us very soon, thanks for the recipe!
I love butternut squash and cook with it loads; I don't think that I've tried it in a dauphinoise before though. It looks amazing!
I have never made it yet. I need to improve my cooking skills 🙂
I like it in soup or just roasted
ooh a lovely soup!
I love it roasted with some Garlic
I like it in a soup.
i love making a butternut squash onions carrots garlic chicken and veg stock and cream cheese blend then serve with crusty baguette gorgeous
i love making butternut squash soup .......soooooooooo yummy
in soup most of the time
Butternut squash and sweet potato soup
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This looks right up my street -- I make dauphinoise with sweet potato so I know I'd enjoy this too.
Only used it once many years ago but can't remember what we did with it! Remember it was hard to cut though!
I like to make soup with it
Mash with butter, milk, salt & pepper! It's absolutely gorgeous!
I love it roasted and blended into a soup 🙂
I like to roast it with olive oil and lots of other vegetables.
We grow our own butternut squash in our garden and like it roasted. Will definately try out your butternut dauphinoise recipe,it looks delicious1
my hubby puts it in a casserole with chicken and chorizo
i like it roasted thankyou
As wedges, with olive oil, and paprika
I haven't tried a lot of ways to cook it, sorry
i think the best way is to cut into dice shaped pieces and roast in the oven
I make butternut squash chips by roasting the or air frying. Healthy and yummy!
I usually make soup with it
with lots of butter nad chives is delicious
peel, slice, olive oil and In the oven 🙂
I roast it with courgettes, peppers, tomatoes and red onions with a touch of paprika to make a pasta sauce then top off with mozzarella and parmesan
Roasted with garlic and peppers in the oven.
I love butternut squash and roasted red pepper soup. ?
roasted, with mild chilli flakes and sage and then served with pasta and gorgonzola
I love to bake it along with sweet potato, carrots, peppers and red onion as a side dish!
I like it best in soup too.
I make it as a mash with carrots.
I love it oven baked and topped with halloumi cheese
I like a butternut squash curry!
In a tagine
I love chopping it into wedges, spraying with paprika and baking. Simple but delicious
I like to use butternut squash in sheets to make a vegetable lasagne.
I love to add it to stews and curries
I make squash ravioly - fiddly but delicious
I use it in a red thai curry chopped up x
I WOULD MAKE SOUP WITH IT WITH CARROTS AND GARLIC
I love it chopped up in currys - it's delicious with cumin as well
I so a roasted veg which is topped with finely sliced kale and galic in a soya sauce and sesame oil baste which is lovely on a bed of brown rice
Mash. Is that boring? Oh and soup of course!
Love ours roasted with cheese topping
I have never really tried that many different ways I usually just roast it and the make a soup
I like it best in soup
love it made into soup
I love it cooked in risotto, I bake it in a tray of shallow water in halves pressed face down then then chop it into chunks and make risotto out of it - delicious!
It's a great vegetable for soups, curries and casseroles. x
I like it best roasted - yum!
Thank you for an inspiring autumnal recipe. I sometimes struggle to know what to do with Butternut Squash so will definitely be giving this a go.
I love it roasted in coconut oil!
I like it as a soup
I've been loving this butternut squash spaghetti which I've been seeing all over the internet. I have it with tomatoes, mushrooms, and any other veg that we happen to have!
Roast with garlic and herbs
in a lasagne!
I made butternut squah and apple soup this morning Really easy and tasty
I love butternut squash in a stew or in a chicken cacciatore 🙂 Mmmmmmm
Roasted with salt, pepper and some chilli flakes
I think it is great in soups
Peel it, roast it and blend it in a soup.
In a spicy soup
Roasted and stuffed with chilli con carne
Roasted with peppers and onions then made into a risotto.
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Curried chunks and added to my bombay potatoes
Cut into chunks, sprayed with frylite and roasted. Also like spicy butternut squash and carrot soup.
What a great idea! Thanks Maggie. I haven't thought of the carrot combo!
Cut into chunks, sprayed with frylite and roasted. Also like spicy butternut squash and carrot soup.
I love it chopped up and roasted with garlic and chilli... delish!
Oh yes, I love it with garlic too 🙂
I love it roasted with some other nice veggies
I use butternut squash to add texture and flavour to my chicken korma! Just stick it in the slow cooker with everything else! Yum!!
Hi Jessica! Thanks for sharing. Great idea!
We use it for soups and roast it for a side dish x
love to roast it in the oven with butter
I like to roast butternut squash and sweet potato together. They make a delicious combination.
Purely roasted with butter and paprika I just love the flavour of it.
I use butternut squash in Moroccan-style tagines, make lots of soup with it and include it with roast veg - it's great marinaded in olive oil, honey and a little chilli.
Lovely in risotto
I roast it and make pasta bake with it xx
Pasta baste! How useful indeed. 🙂
Great idea! 🙂 Thank you for the chance.
Hi Emma, of course 😉
tastes great in a lobby x
🙂 Hmmm, interesting
Sounds great 🙂
Stuffed with grilled Mediterranean veg and goat's cheese
Oh, that sounds delicious! Thanks Laura!
I like Butternut Squash roasted with honey and butter!
Hi Kim, thanks for sharing. How much honey do you usually put in? Just wondering if its not too sweet
I normally roast it although I rarely have it.
Thanks for sharing Ali 🙂
Love roasted butternut squash
Me too. Love butternut squash in general!
visit a good restaurant as it's the only time i have had it
hmmm, although the restaurant probably overcharged quite a bit, am I right? Or was it tolerant? 🙂
I like butternut squash in soup from the slow cooker.
Is it really different than using the oven? 🙂
Roasted with garlic
Sounds delicious. I love using garlic in any recipe!
I love to roast butternut squash and sweet potato with cumin and garam masala. In a large saucepan i cook some finely chopped onion in coconut oil, add the the roasted squash and sweet potato and vegetable or chicken stock simmer for approx 5 minutes. Then I add some coconut cream and blitz with a hand blender. The most tasty and warming autumn soup for the colder months!
I should give that a try! Thanks Leanne
I love making a spicy butternut squash soup. Thank you
🙂 haven't made butternut squash soup for while
I season then roast my butternut squash, along with some sweet potatoes, adding garlic and seasalt. I then add to some vegetable stock, to make a hearty winter soup
oooo sounds delicious. Is it vegan?
I like butternut squash soup
yep me too.. the best thing is that you can spice it either way!
I normally roast it although I rarely have it. LETS HOPE
🙂 I should try roasting too next time
I’ve only ever had it roasted
hmmm sounds delish!
Spicy butternet soup is always much enjoyed
cool! what type of spices?
I love butternut squash, so many different meals you canmake with it. you can make soup, roast as chips, it's lovely filled with a bolognaise mixture and topped with cheese. Mmmm!
Hi Lyndsey! Thanks for sharing. Sounds delicious!
I would always roast makes it easy to handle and smells delicious .
Yep, roast seems to be very popular 🙂
iike them baked
I love it in a soup. My winter favourite
Oh yea and with all the spices 🙂
Susan Hoggett (@susanhoggett)
I love butternut squash in a risotto with sage, stilton and toasted pine nuts
Yes yes yes!! 🙂 Delicious
You are talking my language 🙂
You know, I haven't tried it yet. I've wanted to for a while, though. I must make more effort!
In a soup with potatoes.
Sounds delish Martina 🙂
I love butternut squash chutney. It's very smooth and with a little chilli, it's good with pork or gammon
hmm you just gave me a really nice idea for a recipe 🙂
I love butternut squash and usually just boil it and mash it up. Love your recipe and I'm going to give it a try 🙂
great to hear! I hope you enjoy it Caroline
Never tried it, have had some ready prepared but never cooked with it.
You should try it soon! It's great 🙂
Roasted with a touch of nutmeg
One of my favourite spices 🙂
Hailing from the Antipodes where we eat squashes and pumpkins all year, I love every way they are cooked. However my two favourite methods are stuffed with rice and mushrooms and baked in their skin, and baked with root vegetables and doused in a little balsamic French dressing to serve.
Wow, I never thought of that technique! Thanks Susan!
This has made me want to make my favourite soup: butternut squash! It's so easy to make and eat. Also handy to give to my 1 year old.
100% with you on that!
Sharon Lou Johnson
gotta be roasting them, the kids love em x
Mine too 🙂
Roasted butternut squash soup is my favourite, so comforting, perfect for the season.
Yep, I also like to top mine of with some gluten free breadcrumbs 🙂
i only ever roast it but that is my fave with some herbs!
Sometimes simplicity is the best isn't it? 🙂
I like it in soups and casseroles
I like making soup with it.
super easy and quick right? 🙂
I love roasted squash with parsnips & beetroot . Think I'll try making soup now as well
hmm sounds great! I love roasted beetroot 🙂 What a nice autumn combo!
never used before nice comp though!
I just love butternut squash its really versatile. soups roasted etc
it looks nice but its one of those things I dont enjoy the taste of
hmm.. maybe you can try blending it with other ingredients in a soup to improve the taste 🙂
I love roasted butternut squash!
I love roasted butternut squash
I like butternut squash pan fried with carrots and glazed with maple syrup.
What is your favourite way to prepare butternut squash? . . . .we love it roasted
I love butternut squash oven roasted
roasted in the over with garlic and chilli
I like to cut it into medium pieces ad then roast it with sage and garlic. If there's any left over you can blitz it for a delicious soup too!
I like to roast it with other roasting vegetables like parsnips and potatoes.
let it roast slowly roast in the oven , cut up into bite-sized squares, loads of olive oil and strips of streaky bacon. Mix it into some couscous and sprinkle with mint and basil
I love to make a homemade soup with butternut squash and i add ginger and chilli to give it a kick as otherwise it can be a bit bland.
Not something we usually buy, but good in a smooth soup with root veg.
i love butternut squash soup!
I love to roast butternut squash in the oven
Definitely roasted along with other vegetsbles as part of a huge roast dinner. Perfect for Sundays at this time of year!
I like it blended for a soup.
I've never cooked with butternut squash but I do enjoy it when out
Butternut squash is great in a Thai red curry.
Yes! I love love looooove butternut squash in Thai red curry. Have you tried Butternut squash curry? 🙂
My favourite way is butternut squash soup 🙂 varies what I put with it - sometimes it may be carrot, sometimes chilli, sometimes both or sometimes something a bit random!
all of that sounds incredible
Butternut squash lasagne is absolutely delicious - I'd love to try some new recipes with it though
Oh wow, I never tried that. I have to one day! Thanks Kelly
Butternut Squash and Parsnip soup nom nom
I love this combination, nice earthy flavours
I've used butternut squash as an alternative to pumpkin for pumpkin pie- it really does work.
Thanks for the tip Ruth! Have to try that soon!
Cut up into cubes,red peppers and onions,little bit of oil,dusted with cajun spice and roasted in the oven
Sounds interesting, I should try that too!
I love to use butternut squash with all root vegetables , cubed and roasted in the oven with a chicken placed on top for a beautiful winter warmer meal.
Just reading your comment makes me feel super cozy 🙂
Roasted wit my sunday dinner
Every Sunday 🙂 ? 😛
Small cubes in a veggie bolognese
I never tried it in a Bolognese... Im getting excellent ideas from you guys! Thanks Dawn!
To be fair I am not keen on Butternut squash but I am a huge fan of Schwrtz products and would love the hamper.
🙂 Good to know! 😉
My family love the soup I make from it.
agreed, its great roasted isn't it? 🙂
Throw it in the slow cooker with a good stock, plenty of garlic and chilli flakes and then when it's cooked blitz into a smooth soup.
Thanks for the tip Kate!
I normally make a soup from it
me too or I roast it too 🙂
I add it to risotto and cook it on the stove.
I've never cooked it tbh. I tend to use swede, parsnips, and manglewurzels for stews and soups.
I love it mixed in with mashed potato adds some flavour ??
wow this looks delicious, im going to try this recipe out on Sunday. I normally roast my butternut squash in halves, then slice it up an use it in a butternut squash and veg lasagne.
I do them in the hot air fryer as chips and sometimes coat them in different spices - lovely!
Drizzle with oil and then roast in the oven with lemongrass and thyme.
Either mashed or as a soup
I make soup ... Butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche .. love this recipe!
Love it in soup and also like to have it as a alternative to potato as a mash
butternut squash in soup proper good winter food
roasted is my favourite x
donna l jones
Roasted and then turned into soup :0)
I make soup and spice it up with some curry powder and garlic
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Roast in the oven
roasted or Butternut squash soup
Boiled and mashed with a little butter and seasoning
haven't had this for ages !! Thanks Christina
I regularly make butternut squash chips.
wow, that sounds super technical and delish!
Make it into a soup
I just love it simply roasted with some salt and olive oil on it
roasted with rosemary and black pepper
chargrilled with red peppers and red onions then blended to make a soup with lots of ground turmeric ....
i love it roasted
I love butternut squash and chorizo soup
I LOVE HOMEMADE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
My favourite way to prepare a butternut squash is to roast it.
I roast it in the oven and then the skin just peels off. It caramelises too its yummy!
I love it roasted with garlic
We like to roast it yum!
Roasted then in a soup.
I love it in soup! With sweet potatoes it's amazing!
in a soup with peanut butter
Anne Alexis O
Cubed and roasted with crushed garlic & herbs tossed through lemon thyme quinoa...delicious!
I've never prepared it 🙁 I keep meaning to, one day
I love a spicy butternut squash soup
I love Butternut squash cut into small chunks, and I add some onions, carrots, peppers, mushrooms and anything else in the vegetable drawer add some pepper, paprika. Roast them in the oven. it tastes wonderful, its good fun to play around with any spices you have sitting in the cupboard.
has to be soup for me mmm
We like to roast it or have it in soup.
I love to roast it in the oven and then put the flesh into a lamb dhansak
Eve H Ogden
Never had it but really want to experience it
I've never actually prepared it myself!
I tend to eat it like chips, roasted in the oven, then served with mayonnaise xx
I tend to eat it like chips, roasted in the oven, then served with mayonnaise
I bake it whole and then scope out the flesh for lovely mash.
My preferred way to prepare butternut squash is in a soup
Cut into chips, a bit of salt, pepper, a sprinkle of mixed herbs and olive oil, and baked in the oven!
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i love butternut squash its one of my favorite foods
i cook it so many ways
i especially love it curried and roasted with sweet potatoes
I love it chopped and seasoned then roasted alongside sweet potato . Perfect with a Sunday dinner
Just made butternut squash and onion soup today. It was really nice. Xx
I love to eat it roasted
I love BNS wedges - like potato wedges but more vitamins and fewer calories! They're great for dipping.
I love to bake butternut squash!
As a creamy soup 🙂
I like it roasted with herbs
I usually do it instead of potato chips; they're substantial but you're not taking in the carbs as you would with potato!
I love butternut soup or baked
On a puff pastry base and lots and lots of chilli
Roasted in the oven
I love mashed butternut squash
I love roasted butternut squash with a garlic and parsley dressing
I like to blend mine into a soup!
I love Schwartz spices, hope Im lucky
butternut squash and carrot soup blended and seasoned served with thick doorstep fresh bread and real butter perfect
I love them roasted with garlic and olive oil
I tend to put it in a soup for a yummy warm-up snack after an afternoon in the cold!!
Richard Eldred Hawes
I love to make it into a lovely spicy soup
I love to roast it in the oven and add some herbs
roasted with chilli
I love adding butternut squash to a chicken jalfarzi, it adds sweetness and texture and is a perfect winter warmer.
I never buy it or cook it ! Shall be buying it this week now though with all these lovely ideas 🙂
I love coming here for yummy ideas!
and I love that you love my recipes 🙂
roasted with chilli flakes oil and seasoning.
to give an honest answer i've never tried it or tried to cook with one
We use it to make a spicy soup combined with tomato!
I make butternut squash soup quite often but I'm afraid I use frozen, there is too much for one person if I buy a fresh one and I don't want to fill the freezer with butternut squash soup.
Season and roasted it's lovely would love to win this great prize
slow roasted with other veg
I make butternut squash lasagna it's delicious, easy to make too
Just tried your Butternut Dauphinoise and this is now my favourite way to use it.
I usually love it as part of a vegetarian tagine- with chickpeas, apricots, tomatoes and onions
Its lovely roasted or in a curry
I like it in stews 🙂
I make it into soup. I am quite new to butternut squash and am going to roast it next time
I absolutely love all veggies & I usually chop it and roast in in a drizzle of chillies oil.. yummy
I make it a soup out of it
I do that a lot too 🙂
i love butternut squash chips yummy
Roasted with chilli then blitzed into a soup with some veg stock
sounds great 🙂
I've never tried it.
go for it! you wont regret it 🙂
Butternut squash mash. Yum xx
love mash too!
I like to make an edible stuffing boat from butternut squash for Christmas dinner.
sounds super interesting 🙂
I like butternut squash chopped and roasted in the oven with just a touch of olive oil.
especially with a really good olive oil 🙂
I haven't cooked with it before
Try it out 🙂 you wont regret it
roasted in a lasagna
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All ready subscribed, love to read the interesting articles
Great to hear Richard 🙂
i love it roasted
I absolutely love Butternut Squash! I really love Butternut Squash Stew, served over CousCous, in a risotto and with Potatoes to make a Gratin - delicious!
I love all these meals too 🙂
i jhave never used butternut squash so the other comments are giving me great ideas
that's great Leanne! I too am getting inspired 🙂
In a soup with parsnip and parmesan, gently spiced with ginger.
excellent combination 🙂
I'm a big fan of butternut squash cheeey mash with cracked black pepper!
that really does sound amazing!
I tend to just roast it in the oven - would love some new ways to experiment with!
that's why I love butternut squash, you can do anything with it 🙂
In a slowcooker as part of a stew
great idea 🙂
I love roasted butternut with cod and beans
Claire Elizabeth Noke
Butternut Squash Lasagna !! 🙂 yummy xx
need to try that soon!
Roasted, piled with pesto, feta and pomegranate seeds
that sounds great!
Mashed up in potatoes,peas,pork and onion gravy.
onion gravy, yum!
I always prepare my butternut squash by simply roasting it whole. Just as it is until soft. It's then so easy to scoop out for your recipe. Particularly soup. I use butternut squash to make a spiced pumpkin soup. Delicious.
sounds delicious indeed! 🙂
I like to mash it with carrots and sweet potatoes x
hmm yes! I could see my kids loving this 🙂
I love butternut squash and love them roasted as chips as really healthy and tasty, nice alternative for snacks or when your having a buffet party with some dips , something that doesn't expand the belt too much and it tastes great!.
I've never tasted or used it!
you should try ASAP! 🙂
Butternut squash chips x x x
chips are a great choice!