I was first introduced to butternut squash by none other than Martha Stewart. Her 2003 October issue had a recipe for Butternut Tea Bread and I just had to try it! As promised, this squash is creamy and butterscotch sweet.
Here is an easy way to cook it and a few ways to enjoy this wonderful squash!
With a sharp knife, cut in half lengthwise.
Remove all the seeds with a spoon. Place in pan (I used a glass 9x13) and put 1/2 inch of water in pan.
Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes, or until tender. Test with a sharp knife. You can see little knife marks all over mine. :0)
Using a spoon, gently remove squash from the skin. Mash with fork until smooth. Isn't it pretty?!!
So, now what to do with it?!
I found this Butternut Quesadilla recipe in the recent Martha Stewart magazine.
Spread squash on one side of a tortilla. Sprinkle grated cheese (I used a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack) on another tortilla. Sandwich them together. Melt a little butter in a skillet, over medium heat. Place tortilla in pan, flipping once, until both sides are golden and cheese is melted.
It was so good, I don't think I'll be able to eat a plain cheese quesadilla ever again!
Enjoy Butternut Tea Bread for breakfast - or a snack anytime!
Butternut Tea Bread
Makes 1 nine-by-five-inch loaf
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butternut puree
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease loaf pan and set aside. Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, squash, melted butter, and 1/4 cup water. Fold squash mixutre into flour mixture. Stir in pecans.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Turn bread out onto a wire rack, and let cool completely.
When dried in a cool, dry spot, butternut squash can last two months or longer, so the next time you're at the grocery store, pick one up!