Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 262: Amazing Butternut Squash

I need some input from everyone on whether you would be interested in a cookbook that would have all the best recipes from this year.  I've started sorting through the best recipes and organizing them, but I want to see how much interest there is before I really get started on the project.  And if you are interested, would you like to have it before Christmas so you could give it as gifts?  The down side to that is that none of the December recipes would be included in the book.  The other option is to include the December recipes and have the book available in January.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  On to the recipe.

I have quite a few butternut squash in my garden, so I've been trying to find new ways to use them.  I did an Internet search and I found a ton of recipes, so I chose the ones that got the best reviews.  I found this one at 

Amazing Butternut Squash
10" dutch oven

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1/4 cup mayo or plain yogurt
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup bread crumbs  (I used Panko)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
12 Tbs. butter, melted

In your dutch oven over a full spread of coals, boil the squash until it is very tender.  Remove from heat and drain squash.  In the pot, mash the squash.  Add the mayo, onion, egg, brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Mix well and spread in the bottom of the pot.  In a medium bowl, mix together the crackers, Parmesan and butter.  Sprinkle over the squash.  Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned.  Serves 6. 

The Finished Product

The Review

I wouldn't go so far as to call this squash amazing.  I wasn't really impressed.  I mean it was good, but it wasn't anything special.  I have enough recipes for squash that I like better that I probably won't make this again.  Grade C.


  1. I like your idea of a cookbook. I would be very interested in it, I would wait till the end of the year so you can have all your recipes in it that you have made. It has been fun following your adventures in Dutch Oven cooking this year and I look forward to the rest of the years adventures.

  2. I would love to have your cookbook. I wonder, how much would it be? Would you be able to ship to Canada? I think that it would be a great Christmas gift, but would like to have Dec recipes as well. I guess that means I"m neutral, and would like to get it no matter what!

  3. Crystal--I would be able to ship it to Canada, the shipping costs would just be a little bit higher. I'm looking in to different publishing options now and trying to get the best price. I'll let everyone know when I figure that part out.

  4. Toni having your complete year is my choice. I think that when you tell the readers that you had this crazy ideal about cooking everyday for a whole year in Dutch ovens when you had no experience at all with black pots...they will want to experince your entire year with you as we your followers have.

  5. We'd love to have a cookbook as well, do you have a general idea as to price? We'd be fine having it in January as well.

  6. Pamela, I'm not sure on price yet. I've looked into some self publishing sites as well as having it printed locally. I've got a few more places to check out, but I'll let everyone know as soon as I can! I'm excited to do it! I can't wait to see my own cookbook sitting on my shelf!


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