Butter Up That Butternut
You all know I’m an omnivore, meaning I’ll eat just about anything that’s put in front of me, so I rarely consider a meal based on what it doesn’t have. But I do have to look out for bacon-less dishes I can make with the veggie gf. Usually these involve some kinda vegetable and a whole lot of cheese. Honestly, I don’t think I could date a vegan, I don’t know how they do it.
Anyway, on a recent visit to ES’ mid-atlantic branch, I was inspired by a menu item at the infamous Tonic, a roasted winter squash stuffed with veggies and topped with crumbled blue cheese. Our resident veggie lactard Maidelitalia tried to order it without the blue cheese but found out it was roasted with butter (see! you can’t take them anywhere!). I wanted to get it but wasn’t really hungry enough for a full meal so I just had a cup of French onion soup, and that way I got my cheese and my bacon all in one (I hope no veggies thought that one was safe, sorry to ruin it if so).
Anyway, next time we went shopping for dinner, this is what I suggested…
Blue Cheese Butternut
– Cut one butternut squash in half. Cover a baking sheet with foil and lay the squash, open side up, on the sheet.
– Top each half with a pat of butter and salt and pepper.
– Cook on 375 for a freaking hour. Maybe should have turned it up? It took forever to get even a little bit soft.
– When your squash is almost done, sautee up a few sliced baby bella mushrooms and two cups of spinach.
– Take the squash out of the oven. Use a knife to cut a circle around the edge of the flesh and then scoop it out. Mix your scooped-out squash with the spinach and mushrooms and spice to taste. I think we went with a warm winter-y thing–cinnamon, chili powder, damn I can’t remember what else.
– Scoop the mixture back into the squash halves and crumble blue cheese on top. Return to the oven for 10 mins. You could also wait ’til the very end to add the cheese, but I liked it a little melty.
One more glamour shot for ya…wouldn’t that be good with some crumbled bacon on top?