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Dec 7, 2007 10:10 AM

what should I do with butternut squash?

I baked and mashed it. It's one of the sweetest squashes I've ever tasted. I could make soup, but I'm looking for more inspiration.

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  1. Cut it into cubes, roast until caramelized, and add to risotto.

    3 Replies
    1. re: JoanN

      Add cubed persimmons to it when roasting, follow JoanN's instructions.

      1. re: Scrapironchef

        Oooooo. Wonderful! Next time. Thanks.

      2. re: JoanN

        I recently made a risotto with bacon, butternut squash and smoked gouda - great combo! Half the squash was cubed and the other half grated (which disintegrates into the stock). And did a second risotto with the same ingredients and barley instead of rice.

      3. Here's a recent thread trying to get 'non-soup' ideas. I'm not sure it was successful, since there were only 58 replies. I also recall a 'help with bland squash' thread.

        1. Since you already baked and mashed it, how about a quick bread? Pie? Custard/flan??

          1. Cut it in cubes and pan roast with onions, garlic, a touch of cinnamon, some red pepper flakes and tiny grape tomatoes, add a drained and rinsed can of chickpeas. It's delicious with couscous. Or put in a slow cooker with cut up carrots, ginger, cinnamon, onions and chile pepper and simmer for several hours. Then mash and add some chicken stock, it's a great soup.

            1. So so so many things!

              Besides soup.....

              stuff ravioli (either homemade dough or use wonton wrappers)

              layer in lasagna

              stir into rice pudding for a sweet dish with nutmeg

              use in muffins/quick bread like you would pumpkin or banana

              Cook down for a squash butter

              Also, a friend of mine makes absolutely killer killer squash brownies using the Joy of Cooking brownie recipe...omit the chocolate and add 2 cups squash puree.

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              1. re: j2brady

                Thanks for all the replies! What is squash butter? Sounds interesting.

                1. re: Aimee

                  Squash butter is like pumpkin butter or apple butter, cooked down fruit or vegetable, sweetened and spiced to your taste. It's a good spread for toast or to accompany roasted meats like pork tenderloin, I imagine. You can also use it as an ingredient in oatmeal cookies and other baked items.

                  1. re: amyzan

                    For most purposes, except for carving, a hard squash like this can be used just like pumpkin. Or another way to put it, pumpkin is just a type of hard squash.