Roasted Butternut Squash
Squashes of all types, Cucurbitaceae, are arriving at supermarkets now and should be enjoyed without a moment to lose. I'm always looking out for beautiful butternut squashes to roast and serve to my family throughout fall and winter. There's something about roasting these Cucurbita muschata around this time of year that makes my home seem a little bit cozier & nicer. A good source of Vitamin A, E, C, and fiber, butternut squashes are not only nutritionally beneficial for you, they're also very tasty. Apart from that, roasting this squash is the easiest thing in the world. Let me show you what I do in my kitchen.
Preheat your oven to 425°F. Cut your butternut squash in half, lengthwise, with a very sharp chef's knife (be careful!) & scoop out the seeds.
Note: I'm roasting squashes that weigh between 2 to 3 lbs.
Note: At this point, they're wonderful to have as a side dish if left in big chunks. Simply dot with a little bit of butter, and salt & pepper to taste. Delicious.
Butternut Squash Purée
At this point, I let the purée cool completely & then freeze it in 1 cup portions for later use. This is the type of purée I reach for if I'm making a pumpkin pie or my delicious pumpkin bread. It's also perfect for my Butternut Squash Soup. You can, of course, serve this purée to your baby or toddler as is, or as a side (dot with butter) at dinner time.
As soon as you spot butternut squashes or any other type of Cucurbitaceae at your local supermarket, buy a few of them. Roast the squashes in the oven and either serve as is, or create something else with their delicious flesh. It doesn't take much to coax the full flavor of butternut squash, but if you want to enhance this vegetable you can try a few fresh herbs. Sage & thyme are naturals, but should be added sparingly to your dish. I also like rosemary and flat leaf parsley with my butternut squash; let your taste buds guide your preferences. Do I need to tell you that cream & butter are exquisite with butternut squash? Whatever you decide to add to this vegetable, remember these words: make it your own & enjoy!