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Cooking Challenge: Stuffed Butternut Squash
Posted Nov 12 2010 5:05am
One of the things I love about the transition from summer to fall is the emergence of fall squash: acorn, spaghetti, butternut. They are all so versatile and lend themselves to so many great recipes.
I picked up a nice butternut squash at the store last week, not sure what to do with it, but knowing the end result would be delicious.
I decided to make a stuffed butternut squash with some of the things I had lying around my kitchen.
My plan was to bake the squash whole, making it easier to cut, rather than trying to cut it in half first.
I pierced the skin of the squash with a knife, then placed it on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 50 minutes.
When it came out it was piping out and super easy to cut in half.
After scooping out the insides, I set the squash aside while I prepared the filling.
This mix of whole grain rice and quinoa was the star of the show. It came in one of those 90-second microwavable pouches, and couldn't have been easier to prepare.
I have yet to find this in a grocery store in Maryland, so next time I'm home in PA, I plan to stock up.
While the rice was cooking, I went digging through my veggie drawer for an onion and a pepper, but it turns out my veggie drawer was pretty much empty. Guess I'll be restocking this week.
That also meant I had nothing good to mix in with the rice.
With the lack of veggies for extra flavor, I decided I'd spice things up with some cumin, after reading about
Erin's butternut squash chili
I generously sprinkled cumin in the rice and along the neck of the squash.
Then I filled the squash bowl with the rice mix and dug in.
This cumin added a nice kick. The dish was slightly spicy and very yummy. Next time I'll make sure I have more veggies on hand to include in the filling.
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