Monday, October 24, 2011

Butternut Squash Recipes from Around the Web

Butternut Squash is one of my favorite things about fall!  Butternut squash is highly nutritious and also translates into sweet AND savory dishes.  Butternut squash comes from the gourd family, along with pumpkins, melon and cucumbers.  Technically, because butternut has seeds, it is considered a fruit.  Maybe this is the reason it translates it into so many dishes so well!
Butternut squash is high in fiber and vitamins A, C and E.  It also has high amounts of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
Butternut squash recipes are often paired with maple syrup and brown sugar.  But, candied is not the only way to bring out the natural sweetness of the squash.  Roasting the squash caramelizes the natural sugars and this adds an element of depth to many recipes.
Here are some interesting recipes I've found on the web spotlighting the lovely butternut squash...

Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts from myrecipes.com pairs roasted butternut squash with arborio rice, Parmigiano cheese, garlic, sage and pancetta.  The topping is a freshly made toasted walnuts with a light brown sugar coating.  I can't wait to make this one!

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Wild Rice and Apricots - from the Chicago Tribune uses a bunch of delicious ingredients to make a lovely fall dish. Apples, apricots, sage, garlic, pine nuts and wild rice make for a delicious dish.

Warm Butternut Squash and Arugula Salad from thekitchn.com gives the recipe for a delicious spiced salad where warm spiced squashed is served over greens, causing them to wilt slightly.  It is topped with an apple cider dressing.  Yum!

and for dessert

Butternut Squash Muffins with a Sage Frosting from VanillaGarlic features butternut squash spiced cupcakes along with a sage infused cream cheese frosting.  The author suggests using a buttercream frosting in the future, but it sounds delicious!

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