I learned a really neat trick this week: You can cook whole, unpierced butternut squash in the slow cooker. In. The. Slow. Cooker.
Directions: Plop one or two in the bottom of the crock and set it on low for 8 hours. When they are finished, the skin is easy to peel, the flesh is soft and you have the base of any butternut squash dish you'd like.
I also learned another neat thing this week: You should not delay cleaning/prepping the cooked squash. Sure, you say, "I'll do it after 'Survivor' is over. I just have to know if they are going to merge." But then you fall asleep before tribal council and wake up the next morning to an odoriferous kitchen. It's part squash, part stank.
It was a travesty. Four small-to-medium butternut squashes were tossed in the trash. Good thing they were only 25 cents a pound.
Bad thing? All of the butternut squash recipes I found on Pinterest will have to wait another day – or week, really, when I can get to the grocery.
But if you have found yourself with a glut of winter squash, I found some great ways to use it that don't involve simply roasting or tossing it in soup.
Cinnamon Crunch Butternut Squash Muffins <<>> The Two Bite Club
Butternut Tots with Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce <<>> Connoisserus Veg
5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Fritters <<>> Just a Taste
Butternut Squash Fries <<>> My Fussy Eater
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole <<>> Julia's Album
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta <<>> A Hint of Honey
Butternut Mac and Cheese <<>> The Pioneer Woman
What's your favorite butternut squash recipe?