Thursday, September 20, 2012

Butternut Squash Challenge #1

Here they are, the butternut squash.  My brother kept giving them to me from his garden. 

I've NEVER had a butternut squash, NEVER cooked it, much less CUT one!  All I've heard is "Oh, they're so hard!"

My sister-in-law likes Butternut Squash soup.  One of my Facebook friends said she fried it like green tomatoes or cook it like you would sweet potatoes.  Another friend said bake it with brown sugar and cinnamon.

So here it is, my self-imposed Butternut Squash Challenge.

Two of those stubborn squash were needed to make a soup.  I found 2 simple recipes, one from the Food Network that had nutmeg and the other Paula Deen recipe had cream that just happened to be very similiar.

I ran my knife across the sharpener a time or two and sliced those two in half.  Not a big deal if you use a sharp  knife.

Trim the ends and scoop out the middle.  Then using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel the squash. 

I used my stainless steel vegetable peeler from Rada Cutlery.  Get one! 

Chop the squash into 1 inch pieces.  Not hard to do.

I waited until the very end to add nutmeg or cream.  Once the veges were done, put them in a blender to puree.

After it's all pureed, I then divided the mixture to make two different variations, one with nutmeg added and the other with cream added.

Butternut Squash Soup with  Nutmeg

Butternut Squash Soup with Cream

I prefer the one with nutmeg. 

Two squash down, two to go!

Stay tuned, two more recipes to try!  
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  1. I've never cooked with butternut squash before. Your soup looks wonderful!

  2. butternut squash soup is one of my favorites!

  3. This sounds wonderful and perfect for Fall! I've never cooked Butternut Squash either!

  4. I've only had it baked in the oven with sugar and cinnamon and it was delicious! Interested to see what you do with the other two.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Rural Thursday this week. xo

  5. YUM! I've never cooked with Butternut Squash, either--although you've inspired me to try! :) These soups look delicious!


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