Butternut Squash Recipes by Sadie Hurst
BUTTER NUT SQUASH RECIPES
Butter nut squash is a kind of winter squash having a sweet, nutty taste similar to the flavor of a pumpkin. It is a large oblong-shaped vegetable which grows on a vine. It is made of orange fleshy pulp that is contained by yellow skin. When it is ripe, it becomes orange – the riper it gets, the deeper the orange colour and it becomes sweeter and richer in flavor. The seeds can also be consumed whether raw or roasted. In Australia and New Zealand, the butter nut squash is called Butter nut pumpkin. Butter nut squash can be used to create many tasty meals. It can be used in the following ways:
Pureed and used to make soups
To prepare casseroles
To make bread and muffins
Here are a few ideas of meals that can be created with butter nut squash.
#1 – BUTTER NUT CASSEROLE
The first thing to do is to cook a butter nut squash.
3 cups cooked butter nut squash, mashed and drained
½ cup white sugar
¼ melted butter
8 ounces crushed pineapple with the juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (pecans can also be used)
1.Preheat oven to 325°
2.Use butter to grease a casserole dish and put it aside.
3.Mix the pureed butternut squash, sugar, melted butter, crushed pineapple, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg together in a bowl.
4.Mix totally and pour into the greased casserole dish.
5.Sprinkle the walnuts on top.
6.Put in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes.
#2 – BUTTER NUT SQUASH PUDDING
1 ½ cups butter nut squash cooked and crushed
14 ounces evaporated milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ quart baking pan
1.Preheat oven to 325.
2.Crack eggs and pour into mixing bowl. Use the whisk and whisk the eggs until thoroughly beaten.
3.Add the squash and beat the mixture until smooth.
4.Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and place in the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer is inserted and emerges clean. For best outcome, set the baking tin in a bigger oven-proof pan with water 1 -2 inches deep.
#3 – BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES
1 medium-sized butter nut squash
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.Peel your butter nut squash, remove the seeds and slice the squash into long strips to make fries.
3.Spread foil paper over a baking sheet and spray with non-stick spray.
4.Fix the slices on the sheet in a single coat.
5.Drizzle with olive oil and a little salt to taste.
6.Put in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Fries should be lightly golden, crispy on the exterior and moist on the inside. Serve when hot. The best method to bring out the flavor is by roasting it. Use a vegetable peeler and remove the skin then cut the squash into cubes. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on a cookie sheet for about 40 minutes. Serve as a side dish. You can also mash or puree the roasted squash in a food processor and add it to your favourite soup.
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