What Are the Best Tips for Cooking Butternut Squash?

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  • Written By: Patti Kate
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  • Last Modified Date: 03 May 2020
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When cooking butternut squash, it's important to thoroughly remove all seeds and fibers. Washing the squash well is equally important, as traces of pesticide or harmful pathogens may be on the surface. Mashed squash has the consistency of whipped potatoes, although cutting the squash into chunks or cubes will provide a thicker texture. Adding onions and olive oil, as well as flavorful herbs can be a good idea for a side dish.

Many cooks prefer to use raisins or cranberries in recipes calling for butternut squash. This will give the squash a sweet and pleasant taste. A little brown sugar added to mashed squash will thicken the consistency, while adding sweetness.

Cooking butternut squash as a casserole can be a creative alternative to an ordinary main entree. Other vegetables can be added to the squash casserole. A butternut squash casserole is also a good choice for vegetarians. Adding shredded cheese, jalapenos, and tomatoes to the butternut squash can create a zesty Mexican dish. This Mexican squash casserole can also be served over warm cornbread or nachos.

Whether cooking butternut squash in a casserole or as a side dish, knowing how to properly peel and cut this vegetable is essential. Peeling the squash can be more difficult than peeling potatoes. For ease in peeling, it's best to store squash in a cool place and avoid refrigeration.

Making a hearty soup is another creative way of cooking butternut squash. Butternut squash soup can be a satisfying and filling winter meal. Adding some chicken broth or cream will make the butternut squash soup richer.

Cooking butternut squash in the microwave is a good option when time is of the essence. It's important to remember to pierce the squash several times before cooking in the microwave. This will not only prevent the squash from overcooking and drying out, but also from bursting inside the microwave.

It's easy to overcook butternut squash in a microwave, which is why it's important to check it every few minutes. Cooking times may vary depending upon the size of the squash or the quantity of cubes being cooked. A medium or large squash may take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to cook, depending on the wattage of the microwave. Cooking butternut squash on the highest power level is best. Covering the squash with a glass or plastic lid is not recommended unless it is vented.


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