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Butternut Squash

These bell-shaped beauties offer a feast of fall recipe possibilities
Butternut Squash

Pumpkins may be October’s most eye-catching squash, but smooth-skinned butternut is a beloved fall gourd among farmers and cooks. “Butternut squash is the most widely grown winter squash in the United States,” affirms Mark Willis, vegetable product manager at Harris Seeds in Rochester, N.Y. “It’s easy to grow, high yielding, and very versatile in the kitchen because it’s moister and smoother than other winter squashes and thus great for roasting and mashing.” Willis also notes that whole squash will last for several months stored in a cool, dry place, meaning you can stock up on farm-grown butternut squash, then enjoy it throughout the season in soups, salads, sides, and desserts.

Nutritional Profile
1 cup raw cubed butternut squash contains the following:

• 63 calories
• 3 g fiber
• 5 g sugars
• 745 mcg vitamin A
• 1.5 mg vitamin C
• 493 mg potassium

October 2011 p.60

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Herb-Roasted Squash and Jerusalem Artichokes

Herb-Roasted Squash and Jerusalem Artichokes

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When roasted, Jerusalem artichokes (aka sunchokes) turn soft and starchy and have an earthy taste that pairs well with sweet butternut squash. In this recipe, Jerusalem artichokes are cooked with the skin on for extra flavor and texture.

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Butternut Mash with Orange-Sesame Drizzle

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For a satisfying light supper, serve a salad and a slice of whole-grain bread with a bowl of this sesame-flavored mash.

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Butternut Squash with Pepita-Cilantro Vinaigrette

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Pumpkin seeds add nutty flavor and a dash of green to this main dish salad.

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Miso-Braised Butternut Squash

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This subtly flavored, comforting dish is perfect on a chilly fall evening. Miso adds a savory depth to the braising liquid, which coats the sweet squash chunks.

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Butternut Squash Indian Pudding

Butternut Squash Indian Pudding

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Indian pudding is an old-fashioned New England dessert made with cornmeal and molasses. It’s delicious, but not the prettiest dessert, so we’ve given it a makeover by adding butternut squash and baking it. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Yummy! The Butternut Squash Indian Pudding is a must try!

Arthur in the Garden! - 2013-09-03 23:13:18