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What Would You Make?

You know the drill by now, but just in case you don't, here's your predicament: You are at home and hungry for food. You have to cook up something scrumptious for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/child/friend, but the ingredients you have on hand are limited.

You have butternut squash, heavy cream, and fresh sage. Using these ingredients, along with whatever you currently have on hand in your cupboard and refrigerator, what would you make?

To see what I would make,

  1. I would start by peeling and dicing the butternut squash. Next, I would mix it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a teeny bit of balsamic vinegar. I would toss this in the oven at 350°F and roast until the squash is tender and soft.
  2. Next I would finely chop a few cloves of garlic and an onion. Then I would add these and some butter to a large saute pan heating over medium heat. I would sauté until tender and add a cup of arborio rice.
  3. After the rice is toasted I would add the roasted squash and chicken broth.
  4. I would cook, stirring for about 18 minutes to make a risotto. Near the end, I would add the heavy cream and fresh chopped sage plus lots of black pepper.
  5. I would raid my cheese drawer and add whatever leftover cheese I had on hand, preferably goat, blue, or Parmesan.
  6. Finally, I would plate in a wide, shallow bowl and enjoy with a glass of wine!
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RoGo1 RoGo1 8 years
Squash gnocchi with sage brown butter. I second that emotion!
drgnflychic drgnflychic 9 years
Mmm... I'd have to go with butternut soup like everyone else!
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
A nice bisque might be the obvious choice, but I'd have to go with it because (a) the weather is just now starting to cool off enough to make it sound to die for, and (b) I LOVE the stuff. I'd have it with some yummy hearty bread and a glass of Sauvignon blanc (it's still a liiiittle warm outside).
Ziona Ziona 9 years
I would add salt peppper, minced onion & garlic and would place this a sauce over braosted chicken and mashed potatoes.
Ziona Ziona 9 years
I would add cream cheese & nake a cracker spread with a bit of salt & black peeper
susanec susanec 9 years
jmt, try the ravioli with apples or pears sometime (omit s & p and add a little extra spice if you make them from scratch or keep the sauce a little lighter with brown sugar or something if you use a packaged pasta like Puttney, which is very good). I've even done it for brunch in a pinch, just watch that you don't add too much cream because it can be cloying but the fall flavors are nice. Add a sprinkle of toasted nuts if you have them on hand.
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
i'd make me and the bf's one of our all time faves, butternut squash gnocchi with brown butter and sage. i don't think we'd need the cream, maybe a good sprinkle of parmesan in the end. :) it's so yummy! and it freezes well
jmt jmt 9 years
Like susanec I'd make a squash ravioli (filling: roasted or steamed squash, s&p, egg, splash of cream, and maybe a little cream cheese) and serve it in a sage brown butter sauce. You could even, if you cared enough, stretch some sage in the pasta dough as you roll it so that the ravioli would be verigated (it's always a hit with food civilians). Or.... alternatively you could make a baked custard with pureed squash, cream, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice (or any spice combination to your liking). Bake it in individual ramekins in a bain marie and serve it warm and giggely in the middle. The people will go crazy.
jmt jmt 9 years
Like susanec I'd make a squash ravioli (filling: roasted or steamed squash, s&p, egg, splash of cream, and maybe a little cream cheese) and serve it in a sage brown butter sauce. You could even, if you cared enough, stretch some sage in the pasta dough as you roll it so that the ravioli would be verigated (it's always a hit with food civilians).Or.... alternatively you could make a baked custard with pureed squash, cream, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice (or any spice combination to your liking). Bake it in individual ramekins in a bain marie and serve it warm and giggely in the middle. The people will go crazy.
michichan michichan 9 years
Soup is too obvious. I'd whip up a souffle. Let's see, some beaten egg whites, butternut squash, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, roquefort. Then fold in some beaten whipped cream. Mm
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
mmm soup! I love all of these ideas!
chynablue chynablue 9 years
I'd make a butternut squash casserole with cream and sage, topped with crushed candied pecans and brown sugar. Or, Butternut Bread - a sweeter, creamier twist on zucchini bread. Or Butternut muffins or Butternut pancakes with orange citrus infused syrup or Butternut White Pizza with bacon.
chynablue chynablue 9 years
I'd make a butternut squash casserole with cream and sage, topped with crushed candied pecans and brown sugar.Or, Butternut Bread - a sweeter, creamier twist on zucchini bread.Or Butternut muffins or Butternut pancakes with orange citrus infused syrup or Butternut White Pizza with bacon.
haute77 haute77 9 years
i would make a butternut squash ravioli with some sage and olive oil, butter sauce.
citygirlrc citygirlrc 9 years
i see someone else makes wanton/ squash raviolis in browned butter sage sauce regardless, thats what im voting for its delicilous!
citygirlrc citygirlrc 9 years
i see someone else makes wanton/ squash raviolis in browned butter sage sauce regardless, thats what im voting for its delicilous!
totonlaura totonlaura 9 years
going with soup...
totonlaura totonlaura 9 years
going with soup...
verily verily 9 years
Soup, easily. I loooove butternut squash soup.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I was thinking soup as well with a mozzarella, sage, tomato and bacon panini on the side.
lemonfizz lemonfizz 9 years
I would also do a roasted butternut squash ravioli with sage and black pepper. I would make a hazlenut brown butter sauce and just add a little cream at the end. I'd also make a big salad, 'cause otherwise this meal would be way too heavy.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Maybe a cake- butternut, sage, and cream go together so well, I think they'd go well in a cake. Butternut cake with sage whipped cream maybe? Or a really nteresting ice cream.
pinky8486 pinky8486 9 years
Using wanton papers, i would make butternut squash ravioli. Then make a sage-infused cream sauce.
I-freaking-rock I-freaking-rock 9 years
Also the squash soup. Easy and delicious. And I second HonestMuffin with the dollop of sour cream, and some chives!
ragus ragus 9 years
if you cut the squash into thin strips add some salt and pepper then bake them (they takes just like french fries!)
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