Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Substituting Butternut Squash for Pumpkin
I started pumpkin seeds for my garden this year. I had visions of homegrown Jack-o-Lanterns, and homemade pumpkin puree.
But they died.
I've done battle with some serious squash fungus the past two years and both times it has claimed my pumpkins.
So my vision was destroyed. All the pumpkin recipes floating around this time of year would have to be made with store bought pumpkin... boo!!!
Until a conversation with friend Holly (I think I mention her a lot. She's awesome) Who informed me that her Grandma always made "Pumpkin" pie with butternut squash.
Well happy day for me. My butternut plants survived the attack of the squash going on in the garden, and produced beautifully. In fact, I wondered what I was going to do with all of them. I can eat it any way any day, but although my boys will scarf down some Butternut squash soup they get a little tired squash if it makes too many appearances on their plate.
However, disguise it as pumpkin and put it in something sweet and delicious... suddenly no objections!!
Here's the beautiful part. It's simple. 1 cup of pumpkin = 1 cup of squash. Apparently acorn squash can be used too. You don't loose taste, texture or color.
So if you find yourself with 14 butternut squash sitting on your kitchen counter, get to pureeing and baking up some "pumpkin" goodies!
at 7:33 AM