I’ll be honest and say that the low carb diet has been killing me. Well maybe not killing me, but I am very much a lover of potatoes. I could eat them every meal, and I have before. They are so versatile and have so many varying preparations. I knew though that I needed to lose a little weight for the wedding, and I wanted a solution to the missing potato.
The solution came to me the other day as I was eating some roasted butternut squash. I realized that I didn’t miss potatoes with that meal because the butternut squash had the same consistency. It made me feel as if I was eating a potato. At that moment, I knew that I would have to mash one to see if I could recreate yet another variation of potato like consistency.
The question for me to start was exactly how to start. I had never really worked with butternut squash, and I certainly had never mashed any of it. My work with potatoes led me to cubing the butternut squash. The trick of course is to ensuring that the cubes are almost equal in size so that no part boils faster than any other one.
Now it was time for boiling. Yet again I wasn’t sure how to do it. I ended up letting the butternut squash boil until the pieces were easily broken. I had some smaller that worked out faster so I just had to be patient and wait on the larger pieces. Cooking gives you a lot of leeway with the ingredients. It is a bit forgiving.
Now it was just a matter of following my recipe for mashed potatoes except for now I had to figure out exactly the spices to use. This wasn’t just going to be a salt, pepper, milk, and butter mixture. It would need a few things to pep it up. My butternut squash met with my friends heavy cream, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It was delicious.
The main lessons learned were that you don’t always need potatoes to make something that makes you feel like you’re having one and always use a bowl with taller sides. I started in a glass bowl before I realized that there would be a mess everywhere once the beaters were turned on. Of course I didn’t learn that from the fact that butternut squash actually did go everywhere when i turned the beaters on….no way.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH MASH
- 1 butternut squash
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1. Peel the butternut squash and cut it into cubes.
- 2. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the butternut squash. It is ready when you can stick a fork in it and it falls apart.
- 3. Drain the butternut squash.
- 4. Using a hand mixer, blend the butter and cream into the squash.
- 5. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, salt, and pepper and mix to combine.