This is an easy side dish that we pack fairly often in our lunches. It is pretty neutral and goes with a variety of main dishes. I prefer to eat it with a taco meat or sloppy joe and slightly mix it together.
- 1 Whole Butternut Squash or a pack pre-chopped from Costco
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (optional)
- 1/2 stick Butter
- 1 dash Salt
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Start by slicing one butternut squash in half. Scrape out the seed and membranes with a spoon. Place both halves, face down, on a baking sheet and pour a little water into the pan, about a cup. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven. If using a pre-chopped container, steam on the stovetop until tender.
Cut ½ stick of butter into pieces and throw into a blender. With a spoon, begin scraping out the flesh of the squash from the skin and place in the blender on top of the butter.
Add pure maple syrup and a dash of salt. Place this mixture into your blender and puree until smooth. If using a Blendtec Blender we use the “Sauces” button.
Top with Cinnamon or Cayenne pepper.
Source: Pioneer Woman