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This can be done with either butternut squash or sweet potatoes. With the sweet potatoes, you can add a dollop of whipping cream. I don't know how the squash would taste with the whipping cream.
It is flavored with apple juice or apple cider. The pecans are toasted and add protein.
Organic Blue Agave is a sweetener that is way sweeter than sugar. If you are using regular sugar for this recipe, use twice as much. Agave is not quick to spike sugar in the body as it takes a long time to absorb in the body!
This is a delicious way to prepare butternut squash. A perfect dish for the fall.
Pierce squash 6 or 8 times with a fork. Place squash on paper towels in microwave oven. Microwave, uncovered, at high 16-18 minutes, turning squash after 8 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut squash in half, and remove and discard seeds.
You may substitute pork for the chicken or any winter squash or pumpkin for the butternut squash.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large pot, bring the squash to a boil. Reduce to simmer until squash is soft. In a large bowl, mash the softened squash.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in squash (mixture will be thin). Pour into a greased 11x7 inch baking pan.
This is a simple but tasty way to prepare butternut squash.
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I want to make muffins, but using Butternut squash instead of pumpkin. Has anyone done this and how did it turn out?
By Joan from Girard, PA
Could someone please help me with a recipe for Sweet Potato and Butternut Muffins? These Muffins were served last week at a meeting (with a wee bit of caramel sauce on top!) and were absolutely devine! However, the caterer will not give away the recipe.
This recipe is from 101 cookbooks website the actual cookbook is Homegrown Pure and Simple by Michel Nischan - I think you could make 1/2lb sweet potato, 1/2 lb butternut suash
Butternut Squash Muffins
Flavorless vegetable oil spray (or grapeseed or rice oil in a mister or spray bottle), optional
1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
8 black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
4 cups freshly pressed apple juice (or apple cider)
1 cup raw cane sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup homemade applesauce
1/4 cup grapeseed or rice oil (heidi note: I used room temp. clarified butter)
4 large egg whites
2 cups spelt flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with the oil, or put paper liners in the cups. Spray a rimmed baking sheet as well, or line with parchment paper.
2. Toss the squash with the coarse sea salt and spread in a single layer ion the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the squash is cooked through and tender,
3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, and coriander over medium-high heat and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the coriander begins to smell like oranges. Remove from the heat. let sit for 30 seconds, and then add the apple juice. Return to the heat and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until reduced to 1/4 cup and thick. Pour the apple juice through a fine-mesh sieve, discard the whole spices and push the reduced juice through the sieve with the back of a spoon, if necessary. Set aside.
4. Transfer the squash and reduced juice to a food processor and process until smooth.
5. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the sugar and egg yolks on high speed for about 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the applesauce, oil, and butternut squash puree just until blended. transfer to a large bowl.
6. Fit the mixer with the whip attachment and clean and dry the bowl. Add the egg whites to the bowl and beat on medium-high speed until very foamy, but not quite soft peaks.
7. in another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and the fine sea salt. Add to the batter and stir just until mixed. then fold in the egg whites just until blended. There will be some white streaks in the batter, which is fine.
8. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each one about three-fourths full. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
9. Let the muffins cool in the tin on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Turn the muffins out of the tin and let cool completely on the rack before serving.
Makes 12 muffins.