How to Cook Butternut Squash
I love butternut squash—and since it is dead easy to cook, I think that it loves me, too. On Thanksgiving, we usually serve butternut squash mashed up just like mashed potatoes, with a bit of butter melted into it. But it is even easier to just cut it in half and bake it in the oven.
Here are a few different ways you can cook this extremely adaptable and delicious squash.
Baked Butternut Squash
The simplest method to cook butternut squash is to cut it in half and bake it in the oven. Just be careful when cutting the squash. The skin is very tough, so you need to use a very sharp knife.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Wash the squash and then cut lengthwise down the middle.
- Scoop out the seeds and crud.
- Lightly coat the exposed meaty parts of the squash with butter or olive oil.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a touch of ground ginger (or cinnamon, or nutmeg, according to your preference). For a sweeter taste, use a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Place cut-side up in a baking pan with about an inch of water in the pan
- Cook until fork-tender, usually about 1 hour. The squash should be lightly browned
After cooking, you can either serve the squash in the skin or cut it into quarters. You can also choose to scoop out the squash meat from the skin. Some folks mash it or blend it, but I like it with a little more texture.
Baked Butternut Squash With Garlic
This garlic butternut squash recipe from Allrecipes looks delicious and is on my "to do" list for the next time I go to the supermarket.
Again, it is a very simple recipe: the idea is to add garlic, parsley, and parmesan cheese to the standard baking method after cutting the squash up into cubes. From the photos, it certainly looks delicious!
More Butternut Squash Recipes
For a more exotically spiced flavor, also try this Roast Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices recipe. It looks delicious, too. There are way too many great squash recipes out there!
This is a nice basic butternut squash soup recipe from Whole Foods, and it includes several variations to the original recipe in case you want to spice things up a bit.
There are tons of great recipes for all the different squashes. Explore a variety of them here.