A dollop of mashed butternut squash can transform a simple main course into a scrumptious dish come Thanksgiving. It’s a great side dish for just about anything along with green bean casserole and stuffing.
Check out this simple tutorial for a creamy and dreamy mashed butternut squash that is the perfect substitute for classic mashed potatoes!
Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash in 3 Easy Steps
- 1 (4 lb.) butternut squash
- 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 5 tbsp. 0r 1/3 cup butter (melted)
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp. or 1/4 cup light cream (optional)
- Cayenne pepper powder (optional)
- Fresh parsley (optional)
Step 1: Roast/Bake the Butternut Squash
First, preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, trim off the ends and cut the butternut squash lengthwise. Spoon out the seeds and place the squash on your baking sheet.
Brush the cut sides of the butternut squash with extra virgin olive oil. After that, season it with salt and black pepper.
Bake for 1 hour or longer, until the butternut squash is tender.
Step 2: Mash & Mix
Carefully scoop out the flesh of the butternut squash and put it in a large mixing bowl. Then add the light cream, butter, fresh parsley, salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne, for added heat.
Mash the butternut squash until smooth or until you get your desired consistency. You can use a stand mixer or a food processor to do the mixing job for you.
Try and savor your mashed butternut squash and adjust the seasoning to please your tastebuds.
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Step 3: Serve & Enjoy!
Serve your mashed butternut squash while warm. You can add maple syrup on top for a sweet treat, a little bit of salt and pepper to make it more savory, or cayenne if you’re a certified spicy lover.
Adding cinnamon or nutmeg will also enhance the taste of your mashed butternut squash giving it a festive flavor everyone will surely enjoy during the holiday season.
Watch this video by Mind Over Munch on how to cook butternut squash in four ways:
It’s a creamy, sweet, and savory side dish that is going to be your family’s new favorite. When life gives you gourds, cook a delicious side, and make a homemade mashed butternut squash!
Do you have your own version of creamy mashed butternut squash? Let us know in the comment section below!
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