FRIED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
This Recipe Serves 2-3
Fried Butternut Squash is a delicious way of preparing it. It is by far my favourite way of enjoying the butternut. It can be served as a starter or a side to any meal & it is even great in salad dishes.
If you haven’t tried this method of preparing butternut squash then I highly suggest that you do.
Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata), is a sort of winter squash that develops on a vine. It has a sweet, nutty taste like that of a pumpkin. It has tan-yellow skin & orange beefy mash with a compartment of seeds in the base. Whenever ready, it turns progressively profound orange, & gets to be sweeter & richer in taste. It is a decent wellspring of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, & potassium; & it is a superb wellspring of vitamin A & vitamin E.
When eating the fried butternut squash, consume the skin as well. The skin holds most of the nutrition & between the skin & the flesh is the sweetest part of the butternut squash.
Fried Butternut Squash Ingredients:
- 1 whole butternut squash
- 6 tablespoons butter
- Wash the whole butternut squash thoroughly.
- Using a big, sharp knife, slice of either ends of the butternut squash.
- Begin to cut thick slices of the butternut squash. (Horizontally – if the butternut is positioned like the above image).
- Once you have the circular slices of butternut squash, use a small knife & cut of the seeded slices.
- After cutting off the seeded slices, it should look like the image above.
- Heat a wide pan or electric pan. (I have used an electric pan).
- Scoop 3 tablespoons of butter & lather it on the surface of the heated pan or electric pan.
- When the butter is halfway melted, place the butternut squash slices over the butter.
- Coat one side of all the butternut slices so that butter gets on to it & then turn over the butternut again to allow to fry. This way both sides are coated & there is no need to add anymore butter.
- Cover with a lid & allow to cook on low heat.
- Check on the butternut every 4-5 minutes so that it does not burn.
- When one side has browned, turn them over to cook & brown the other side of the butternuts.
- The butternut is cooked when it is soft on both ends. Stick a fork through the flesh of the butternut, if the fork slides right through easily, then it is cooked.
- Remove from pan onto a plate. Do not drain them on paper towels because then you will drain all the juiciness off the butternuts.
- I have managed to fit 6 butternut squash slices at a time on the electric pan & therefore I used 3 tablespoons of butter.
- Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter & the remaining butternut squash slices & follow the same process above.
- Serve the fried butternut squash hot.
- It can be served as a side to steaks & burger dishes. Or it can be used to make a salad.