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Old 08-23-2011, 01:17 AM
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every time I've tried to make butternut squash, it tastes weird.. I've tried boiling it & baking it.. just doesn't turn out.

how do YOU make it?

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grill it with a little salt and a little pepper. cube it up with other vegis with a little salt and pepper and put it in the oven.

you can cook it like any other squash. great in soups.
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heres some recipes. try them all you might find a couple you like ;-)
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I cook it whole, stab it a few times with a small knife then 350 in the oven for an hour. Let it cool for a few minutes then slice in half, clean out seeds add salt pepper and butter and you are good to go. Peeling it is easy now if you don't want mess with it on your plate. I like the slight nutty flavor the seeds add to the squash when done this way.
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I warsh it,peel it, cube it then boil to tender. Drain and mash it with salt and pepper some brown sugar or honey then I freeze it in ziploc bags or other containers. When you want some just thaw, heat and eat.
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i cut it in half. set inside pan with about 1-2" of water. set in oven at 350 for about 45 minutes. yummmmm
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i cut it in half. set inside pan with about 1-2" of water. set in oven at 350 for about 45 minutes. yummmmm
I do something similar, except after I cut it, I scoop out the seeds, then fill the cavity with butter and brown sugar. DEEEElicious!
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Cut it in half salt pepper some garlic and butter bake for 45 min @ 350 enjoy
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I treat it like I would to make mashed potatoes with gravy over the top.

I use it as a pumpkin substitute in pies, cakes, breads, cookies and creamed soups.

All the recipies above are good too.

You may have to sit down and ask yourself is it the flavor or texture that bothers you. if it is the flavor then use seasonings that you like with the squash. If it is the texture, then you need to figure out if it is the solid or pureed textures you do not like.

But it may be easier to try another winter squash in the future.
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ohh, thank you for all the replies! I will try that I just think I get impatient and don't let it cook long enough or something.
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I like to slice it in 1/2" slices put it on a cookie sheet, put a small amount of butter all over the top surface, lightly sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake it at 350 till tender. Just great!
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I add it to curry. I saute onions and garlic in olive oil, add in carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, potato, sometimes chick peas, can of coconut milk, package of curry paste. Served over yellow lentils, yellow split peas, and rice or quinoa, or both.
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Cut it in half, scoop out seeds, place cut side down on oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 until you can poke it with a fork. Time will vary depending on how big it is. The skin may even turn black...it'll be okay! When it's soft, take it out and scrape the pulp into a bowl. You can use it like pumpkin in pies and breads, we like it with a little butter, brown sugar or honey, cinnamon and a dash of Cajun seasoning, plus salt and pepper to taste. The sweet and savory combo is really nice. If you don't like pumpkin in any form, you may have to work at liking any of the winter squashes. While they are all different, many resemble pumpkin to some extent in texture and flavor.
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You can make a zuchinni bread recipe and substitute butternut squash for the zukes. I added some carmel bits to it and my kids and thier friends ate it all in one day, lol.
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every time I've tried to make butternut squash, it tastes weird.. I've tried boiling it & baking it.. just doesn't turn out.

how do YOU make it?
Put the seeds in the ground, water, fertilize, plenty of sun. And bees. Don't forget the bees.
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bake, boil, microwave.. the important thing is to let it cook long enough to be able to smush it with a fork. when the flesh is tender it can be used in a number of ways.
I like it with butter and a little bit of vanilla.... good stuff! honey and butter is good too.
bake like punkin pie, add nuts,apples and raisins for mock mince meat, use instead of banana or zukes as mentioned above for making bread, slice it up and put it in stews and salads, use it to make ice cream.... no i'm not kidding, if you like punkin flavored ice cream, it is almost the same with cinnamon, cloves, ginger... you can make shakes out of it with a blender and a bit of milk, add honey and other flavoring.
squash of all kinds is great and has multiple uses. a lot of squash keeps very well and adds to variety of the diet in long winter months. experiment and have some fun along the way!
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I like it just about any way, but some of my family do not prefer it. For them I mash it with potatoes to temper the taste a bit. Start the cubed squash before adding the potatoes to the water as they do take a bit longer to cook tender.

I love them roasted with butter and chives or onions and as a treat the day after Thanksgiving I cut one in half, scoop out the seeds and put bread stuffing in the 'bowl', then roast it. When it's done I add a little mashed potatoes and leftover turkey with turkey gravy over top and eat it as a full meal.

They also make delicious french fries either in strips or diced as country hash browns.
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I would ask what you mean by tastes weird.........I would look at the squash itself, is it out of season? The above recipes are plenty......I prefer Spagetti squash more.....
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Butternut is actually one of my favorites. This will sound gross but try it. We put a whole butternut squash in the Microwave(poke several cuts into the top with a knife) for 15 to 20 minutes until it is real soft. Then we cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Then scoop out the cooked squash leaving the skin. Put the squash in a bowl and use a potato masher. Once mashed add salt and real butter. W e freeze it just like that. You can add brown sugar if you like but I love it with salt and butter. Mashed like potatoes. Kingfish
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every time I've tried to make butternut squash, it tastes weird.. I've tried boiling it & baking it.. just doesn't turn out.

how do YOU make it?
I cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and place the two halves face down on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

After removing from the oven, scoop out the squash and put it in a bowl - I add butter and brown sugar to it also, stir it around, and serve hot from the oven. It's one of my favorite vegetable dishes.
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