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Butternut Squash

Ooooh, my neighbours have just promised me a butternut squash from their organic allotment. How exciting…

More to the point I appear to have reached the end of the hellacious list that I wrote WEEKS ago on the front page which means I will soon be liberated, free at last to write about the other fifty million things that the baby has eaten recently. And post some actual recipes… be still my beating heart.

So, butternut squash, then? Roast it.

You know, peel it with a peeler, scoop out seeds (can be quite slimy and orangey) and cut into segments. Toss in some olive oil and sling in the oven at 180-ish fan and 200-ish for a normal oven. No salt, but you knew that already. I'm never very good at cooking times because I am an avid poker and prodder, but I'd say check it after 20 minutes to turn them over and you can see how long you think they've got to go. Not more than about another 10 minutes I'd have thought.

Husband and I eat this mostly as a potato substitute or in a risotto. More often the risotto, now that I think of it. I just make a white risotto (loads of parmesan, onion, carnaroli rice, garlic) and then stir the squash through at the end as it can break up too much and you are left with an orangey mush  and lord knows we are all here to avoid mush as much as possible.

The baby loves the chunks of squash, either warm or the next day cold and is very bold about eating the risotto with her hands as well. Her father and I put our salt on separately, so she's fine with it.

Oh, I have even spread warm roasted squash onto some buttered crusty bread for her when she was frankly too starving to wait a minute longer for food. I had some too, it was surprisingly comfort food-y.

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8 Responses to “Butternut Squash”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Baba loved roasted butter nut squash!! She managed to mush quite a bit off with gums. Having some again today. My first time of trying too. Very tasty like sweet potato

  2. Anonymous says:

    Butternut squash is another favourite here too, little Beanie abolutely adores it, we like it steamed for a couple of minutes too as a quicker alternative to roasting, and great to see my older children tucking into it like no tomorrow too ;-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Will try steaming bnsquash. Going to try the baba with sweet potato later in the week. it's one of my favs. What else has Beanie eaten??? Baba had some oatcake today which managed quite well.

  4. Anonymous says:

    momma, wondered if you wanted to email aitch and get my address to email direct as we're kind of at the same stage? em liking roasted sweet pot and banana a big hit, but messy, messy, messy!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our kids loved it too. One of the big hits. But it does necessitate a clothes change rightaway.
    I mixed in some maple syrup with the oil, for a sweeter touch. Peeling is not necessary – when roasted the skin is really soft. I do get a bit fussy about removing the seeds though, they might choke on them.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I usually just roast it 'as is' then peel of the skin after, scoop out the seeds and make chunks out of what's left. I find them really hard to peel uncooked :o(

  7. Anonymous says:

    they're okay if you've got a y-shaped peeler, i think, but impossible otherwise. i used to not bother peeling them before i got my fabby peeler, you're right, you definitely don't need to.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Butternut squash fritters are great treats! Really easy to do with left over butternut and the kids love them. Just stir cooked butternut roughly chopped with a bit of flour to thicken (rice flour works nicely) and a bit of milk to get a batter. (can use an egg but I don't as intolerant) Then you blob them into a pan like scotch pancakes and fry on one side until they start to bubble, turn over and give them a minut eon other side. I dry fry mine in teflon pan but ou can put a drop of oil too.

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