February 13, 2010

Like most people, I may not be willing to try new stuff or create a new dish when I am busy.   It would be too much trouble when the time is tight.  Couple of years ago, I decided to learn a new dish whenever I have a break.  I got a couple of days off around Thanksgiving and I decided to learn a few new dishes.  I made butternut squash and apple pie   Both kind of semi-failed.  LOL. The apple pie turned out to be too sour. It looked good, but not too edible. The butternut squash was edible but a bit chunky!  I asked around.  My coworker told me that I can steam it instead of bake.  So I tried the second time, and it was a success.  I should really make this dish more often because butternut squash contains tons of Vitamin A which is really good for vision.  My vision is definitely getting worse as I use my computer all day long.  Hey, I have no choice, that is my job.  Anyway, I like to make butternut squash as a side dish for meatloaf because the cooking time of these two dishes are pretty much the same.  I made these two again tonight. It was yummy in my tummy

Steaming Butternut Squash
Steaming Butternut Squash
Super Yummy Butternut Squash
Super Yummy Butternut Squash

Ingredients (3-4 servings):

  •  Butternut squash, 1 medium/small
  • Honey, 1 Tbsp
  • sugar, 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg, a dash
  • Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, a dash (optional)
  • Butter, 1/2 tsp (optional)

Steps:

  1. Cut the butternut squash in halves.
  2. Remove the seeds.
  3. Prepare a steamer. Add enough water to the pot (at least couple of inches high for water level) because we will steam the butternut squash for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the butternut squash to the steamer.  Use medium high heat.  Cover it with a lid and steam it for 45 minutes.  Check occasionally to see if you have enough water in the pot.  Add more water if needed.  DO NOT burn the pot.  I made this mistake before!
  5. Remove the butternut squash from the pot when it is done.  Be careful, it is super hot!
  6. Use a spoon, scoop off the meat and place it in a big bowl.  Discard the skin.
  7. Add the following to the squash: honey, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt (optional) and butter (optional). Mix it well.  Since it is steamed, it may have a little bit of water in the bowl after mixing it, you can use a spoon to scoop off excess water.

Optional step: The texture so far should be very soft.  If you like it to be more dense, you can put it in a 375F oven for 25 minutes or so.  I did not add this extra step tonight, see the picture.  It turned out pretty good as is.

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