Yesterday while Curt took the kids to a birthday party, I had the house all to myself and what does a lady do when alone and bored??? Well, make Butternut Squash Puree of course because unlike other women who would take the opportunity to get into a hot Calgon Take me Away bath, I just jump right into the kitchen......Yippee!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH PUREE
Aren't they beautiful, I almost feel bad cooking them, but not really cause I know how delicious they are!
I start by cutting them in half lengthwise, and please be careful when you do that, they're quite tough to cut so I make sure I have a good hold on it,
Then I scoop the seeds out, or have the kids do it, they like that part for some reason, maybe it reminds them of Halloween???
Place them in a pan and pour water, about a cup or so, or you could be like me and turn around to talk to one of the dogs and realize I've poured a bit too much.......never fear though it's not like they'll drown LOL
Pop them in the oven at 350º for about 30 minutes or until they're tender when you stick a fork in them.
Here they are straight out of the oven, all brownish and pretty, can you smell them from over there?
Then I pull out the butter, one stick to be exact and cut it into slices, then put it into the serving dish or mixing bowl or whatever you want to use.
Start scooping those babies out and dropping them right on top of the butter.......mmmmmmmm!
I know Thanksgiving is coming and I'll be putting my masher to good use again, but it hasn't been used in a while so it needs to get some practice in before Thursday. Pull it out, give it a kiss and slam it into the bowl, mash it all up real good!
Now here comes my favorite part, I like living dangerously and the fatter things are the better they taste. Yes I know it's not healthy but it's not like I'm going to eat this every day?!?!?!
I usually do 4 tablespoons of yummy Maple Syrup.......that's actually Cracker Barrel Maple Syrup you see going in there.........*drool*
A little bit of salt.........I said a little, don't get crazy on me and dump a bunch in there, you'll ruin all the sweetness. LOL
And VOILA! Butternut Squash Puree and it's OH.SO.GOOD! Enjoy!