Tag Archives: butternut squash

Shepherd’s Pie with Every Great Vegetable Ever

7 Mar

What to do with half of a leftover butternut squash and a surplus of sweet potatoes from last week’s produce box?  Definitely Sausage Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes and Squash from Epicurious.  The most delicious thing about this particular shepherd’s pie is that I discovered that maple syrup and curry were meant to be together.

 

Makes me wanna herd some sheep!...but then again...lots of things make me want to herd sheep.  Sheep are hilarious.

Makes me wanna herd some sheep!...but then again...lots of things make me want to herd sheep. Sheep are hilarious.

I did, however, make a few amendments:

-Added Swiss chard.  No peas, no corn.

-swapped cream for half and half

-Swapped coriander for cumin.

Here’s the basic concept: Boil sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and regular potato all together.  Drain.  Add back to pot, add butter and maple syrup, commence Pagan Squash-mashing ritual.  Meanwhile, saute the filling: sausage, onions, garlick, Swiss chard and curry + cumin. Throw the filling in a delightful cobalt blue Le Creuset baking dish, add a beaten egg plus half and half, and top it off with a colorful hat of squash.

Here’s my trio of delightful winter starches, post boil.

Steamy

Steamy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pagan Squash-Mashing, with maple syrup and butter.  Def wanna stick my face in that.  Like, when it’s cooled a bit.

Moments later...

Moments later...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The filling is underway in the pan.  This is the part that makes the house smell amazing.  Especially the curry.  In our last apartment, Man-friend and I lived on a block with a very delicious Indian restaurant, and lots of Indian neighbors who apparently spent their days cooking torturously delicious things.  The block perpetually smelled like curry, and every time Man-friend and I passed someone’s kitchen window, we made a note to that we needed more Indian friends.  Which is obviously the main driver behind both of us going to business school.
But I digress!

Meanwhile, back in the pan....

Meanwhile, back in the pan....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the shepherd’s pie before going on the oven.

Shepher's Pie Tetris

Shepher's Pie Tetris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty easy, and SUCH a great meal.

What’s left of my Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

1 Mar
They were too good for this world.

They were too good for this world.

Butternut Squash Bacon Soup

27 Feb

This soup has four-ish ingredients:
-1 sweet onion

-2 strips of bacon

-6 cups of butternut squash, diced

-1.5 cups of Proprietary CSA Veg Scrap Stock

-(salt & pepper, olive oil)

 

Start by sauteeing the onion and bacon in a little bit of olive oil and making your whole house smell delicious:

Does this come in a potpourri?

Does this come in a potpourri?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peel and dice about half of a butternut squash. (And hold on to those seeds or else I will hate on you.)

Butternut squash confetti...probably don't want that showering down upon you at the rollerdisco

Butternut squash confetti...probably don't want that showering down upon you at the rollerdisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throw the squash into the pot, add 1.5 cups of Le Stock.  Simmer for 45 minutes until the squash is squishy.  Then grab a potato mashing instrument or a fork, and commence mashing.

Squash mashing should be a pagan ritual.

Squash mashing should be a pagan ritual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final result is smokey and sweet, and light thanks to the lack of cream weighing it down.  Oh and I waited until it was done to add salt and pepper.  It had a lot of flavor going on, so it didn’t need much.

Oh Jeebus.

Oh Jeebus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This soup was “how soon can I stuff that in my face again?” good.