Butternut squash has a tough exterior, so peeling can be a challenge. I find a y-peeler makes peeling relatively quick and easy.
Store fresh butternut squash in a cool dry place, and it should keep for up to 1 month.
For a simple and tasty dish, cut an unpeeled fresh butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and arrange the squash, cut side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Dot with butter and sprinkle with a little brown sugarm maple syrup, or honey and a light sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover with foil and bake at 375° for about 45 minutes, or until the squash can be pierced easily with a fork. Scoop the squash out and mash with butter, salt, pepper, and spices, if desired.
Recipes for Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash Cupcakes
These moist, great-tasting cupcakes are the perfect fall dessert. Bake these wonderful cupcakes and frost them with a basic cream cheese frosting or this excellent caramel cream cheese frosting.
Butternut Squash and Pasta with Sage
This is a delightful pasta dish made with roasted butternut squash and a flat or ruffled pasta, along with browned butter, garlic, and fresh sage.
Deep Fried Butternut Squash
These tasty butternut squash sticks are battered and deep fried to perfection. Serve these tasty deep fried squash strips with a fruity salsa, maple syrup, or a spicy dip.
Autumn Sausage Stew With Butternut Squash
Butternut squash adds color and flavor to this well-seasoned sausage stew. The spicy Andouille sausage makes it a hearty stew, and perfect for cool weather.
Bold and Spicy Beans With Butternut Squash and Apples
Canned beans get dressed up for fall in this great tasting dish. Butternut squash, apples, sweet onions, and spicy sausage make this an easy and fabulous family meal with cornbread or biscuits.
Butternut Squash Pie
This is a mouthwatering spiced butternut squash pie, sure to make everyone smile. Try it instead of pumpkin pie at the next holiday dinner or fall get-together.
Butternut Squash Cornbread
Butternut squash adds nice flavor and moistness to this buttermilk cornbread. Bake this tasty cornbread to serve with beans, chili, or greens.
Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole
Butternut squash and apples, a match made in heaven! This wonderful side dish is baked to perfection with a buttery brown sugar crumb topping. Serve this lightly spiced butternut squash casserole with a holiday meal or take it to a fall potluck.
Butternut Squash Crème Brulee
Butternut squash puree is added to standard creme brulee ingredients along with spices and brown sugar to make this wonderful rich dessert.
Baked Spiced Butternut Squash
In this recipe, butternut squash are halved and baked with a little butter and cinnamon sugar.
Butternut Squash Bake With Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb Topping
This butternut squash casserole is topped with a mixture of oats and brown sugar. This casserole makes an excellent side dish for the holidays, or take it along to a potluck dinner.
Crockpot Butternut Squash
This tasty butternut squash side dish is loaded with flavor, and it's quick and easy to prepare.