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large winter squash, about 15cm to 20 cm long, that
is similar in shape to a rounded pear. Butternut squash
has a pale brown-orange skin and a deep, orange flesh.
The wonderfully moist flesh has a sweet, buttery flavour
and a slightly fibrous firm texture.
How To Use Butternut Squash
squash is served cooked. It can be included in soups
and mixed roasted vegetable side dishes. Fresh sage
goes particularly well in butternut squash recipes.
Mashed butternut squash makes a tasty side dish
to serve with grilled chicken, flavour the mash
with a little ground nutmeg, cinnamon or cumin to
help bring out the sweetness. Butternut squash can
also be puréed to make baby food.
How To Prepare Butternut Squash
roasting a whole squash, pierce the flesh several
times all over with a sharp knife and wash thoroughly.
To roast squash halves, cut in half lengthways and
remove the seeds. To boil, halve the squash and
peel or cut off the skin using a small sharp knife,
scoop out the seeds using a spoon and then cut the
flesh into even-sized chunks.
How To Cook Butternut Squash
squash can be roasted whole and the cooked flesh
scooped out afterwards or it can be boiled. To roast,
preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6, place
the prepared squash in a roasting tin or wrap in
foil and roast for 50 - 60 minutes or until tender.
Allow to cool, then split in half, scoop out the
seeds and discard and then scoop out the flesh and
use as required. To boil, bring a pan of salted
water to the boil, add the prepared squash chunks
and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender.
How To Store Butternut Squash
in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.
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