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Smothered Cajun-Spiced Squash

Here, we've sprinkled roasted butter-nut squash with Cajun seasoning, then smothered it in a gravy made with what New Orleans chefs call the holy trinity: a combination of onions, celery, and green bell peppers. Serve with rice or grits.



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1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
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¼ cup plus 1 Tbs. olive oil, divided
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2 butternut squash, quartered and seeded, each quarter halved
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2 Tbs. plus 8 tsp. Cajun seasoning, or more to taste, divided
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4 large onions, halved and sliced (8 cups)
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4 medium red or green bell peppers, quartered and sliced (2 cups)
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8 large celery ribs, sliced on the bias (2 cups)
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5 Tbs. flour
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1½ Tbs. cider vinegar


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine 1 Tbs. oil and garlic in small bowl. Brush garlic-oil mixture over butternut squash pieces, and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle each squash piece with ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until squash pieces are tender enough to easily pierce with fork.

2. Meanwhile, heat remaining ¼ cup oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and celery, and cook 20 to 25 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, stirring occasionally.

3. Stir flour into onion mixture, and cook 1 minute, or until flour begins to brown, stirring constantly. Stir in vinegar, remaining 2 Tbs. Cajun seasoning, and 6 cups water. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.

4. To serve: Place 2 squash pieces on plate. "Smother" with 1 cup onion mixture.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
30 g
0 mg
976 mg
6 g
9 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

This was a very tasty and easy to make dish. I made the butternut squash and veggies according to the recipe (only using less veggies) and served over garlic and olive oil flavored couscous. I made the dish with 3/4 of a squash and it was enough for two of us to eat for dinner one night (with seconds) and also for a healthy round of leftovers. With the ingredients as is, you will have tons of the tasty dish.

This is a great recipe! It was a party in our mouth! The whole family really liked it. I'm always looking for a new taste experience, and this really delivered!

This was good comfort food. Our butternuts were small so I scaled back the gravy. Served over grits. Great, filling meal.

This recipe is disgusting. Never again! SMOTHERED, by the way, does NOT mean "covered with other stuff." It means "braised," as in, sauteed in oil in an iron pot, COVERED, and allowed to simmer for a long time to develop its own juices. The only SMOTHERED veggies that come to mind are cabbage, onions, mirliton (chayote), eggplant, turnips/rutabagas, squashes/zucchini, tomatoes, and any other vegetable that gets soft and watery when sauteed. SMOTHERED means cooked in a COVERED POT!

This was delicious! Even the least adventurous palates in the family loved it. I used 1 butternut squash,a bit of cauliflower, and also cooked 2 cups of green lentils for some additional protein and baked it all together in a pan with the garlic and cajun seasoning. Fabulous!

This was an interesting recipe--surprisingly good. The squash came out very flavorful. The sauce had a nice flavor, but the consistency was odd. I would blend the sauce next time to make it more like gravy. I served this with some cheesy corn bread. Very good. Thanks for the recipe.

So glad that Waffle House does not cook my smothered hashbrowns in a covered pot.

Just boughts buttersqash and wondered what i was going to do with it. I never had it!! And today's email gave me the answer. Thank you! will try this week and let you know how it turned out. Thanks!!!

I'm thinking about adding some veggie sausage crumbles to make this a bit of a sausage gravy. Making a Cajun spread for a Mardi Gras party. And Vegan Beignets. Excited.

lolz at LYDIA's comment. i never knew what SMOTHERED meant before LYDIA explained it so emphatically. like, this be the interwebs and we cannot be SMOTHERED with culinary technicalities, LYDIA.

What's in Cajun seasoning? I don't buy the high priced mixes but is love to make this' recipe!! So What is it??


daz right tofukitty. down South, smothered means covered over with other good stuff. To S.Mauro - Cajun seasoning is mostly salt,cayenne pepper & garlic - but if you're gonna make your own, just Google it, find a recipe, and adjust it to suit your tastebuds.

great recipe

Would you like this? Of course, for you it would be as a side, not main. xoxo, Boobies