How To Cook Butternut Squash
Butternut squash has mild flavor and incredible aroma. It has great resemblance with other winter varieties of squash. Before cooking the butternut squash, first thing to do is to pick an appropriate piece. Always prefer the one with a long neck and a relatively small bottom. There are no seeds in the neck portion and it is convenient to slice long necked squash. Relatively softer and more fibrous flesh is present at the bottom segment of the squash. Check the exterior carefully and buy the one with dry, uniformly hard, and free of gashes surface. Butternut squash need careful handling because very delicate interior flesh is present beneath the hard exterior. Always store it in cool, dry place with good air circulation.
For cooking butternut squash you need salt, pepper, butter or margarine and any desired spices
One of the few drawbacks of squash is that it is difficult to peel. In order to get rid of this tedious step you can buy pre-peeled butternut squash chunks. This saves your precious preparation time and you can focus on other steps. Before starting the cooking, rinse the squash properly with cool water to refresh it. Always do this step even if it has been prewashed.
On the other hand, if you prefer whole butternut squash then peel it first. To peel it, slice thin sections from both the top and bottom ends. Now it can stand upright. Cut it into two portions from the point where the narrow neck meets the round bottom. Use a standard peeler to peel the hard exterior away. Now remove the seeds and tough part. Make uniform cubes of it.
In some recopies you can roasted with the skin on. Once cooked, it's easy to simply pull the skin away.
Cooking Butternut Squash
There are several ways to cook a butternut squash. However, the most delicious method is to roast it. It yields the best flavor.
- After cutting the squash place the pieces on an ungreased baking dish. Sprinkle some salt, spices and pepper.
- Now pour some margarine or butter and make sure that it spread over every piece. Bake them for about 45 minutes on 375 degrees, or until tender.
- Let it cool for few minutes and after this scoop out the flesh.
- Put these cooked pieces in the food processor and puree it. It is not necessary to use the entire cooked butternut squash. You can also freeze or refrigerate it for another occasion. Now butternut squash is ready to use in your desired dish.
Butternut Squash Variations
Tender, baked butternut squash is an ideal dish for fall and winter season. It can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Traditionally it is used to add flavor in soups, salads and flavored breads. You can add butternut squash frosting to cakes and pies. It is a delicious side dish. It is also an essential ingredient of rice, pasta, and multiple other dishes. Follow this recipe to cook butternut squash and add it enhance the flavor of your favorite sweet as well as salty dish.