Last week my sister in law Romagne emails me asking about Buttercup squash. Had I cooked with it and was it yummy. In a hurry I shot back an email saying butternut? Of course I have cooked a butternut and they are yum yummy!
Then I realize she actually means Buttercup and I had not been paying attention to what I was reading so I send another email asking if she means the light orange or green squash? It was not good for me to rush and not slow down and take time to actually read her email. Here my sis is asking about a certain winter squash and I rush an email back not responding about a different squash. The names of these two squash are so similar but the actual squash quite different.
Then I starting thinking…When was the last time I cooked a Buttercup and was it yummy? Blank. I went on a quest.
Whole Foods on Saturday. Yikes I think all of the city of Boulder was there. Nope, I am sure everyone in Boulder was in the store. I braved the crowds and found the squash. It was strangely beautiful and ugly at the same time. Kind of like heirloom tomatoes. I bought the squash along with about $50.00 dollars worth of other stuff but that was keeping myself under control…I have a Whole Foods problem. I stayed wisely away from the charcuterie and cheese madness.
I decided to slow roast and mash-up the lovely little darlings. I really need to stop rushing things so slow roasting squash sounded like just the ticket.
Roasted Buttercup Squash with Lime and Nutmeg
This recipe is very simple. Take 1 Buttercup squash and cut it in half or quarters depending on the size and scoop out the seeds.
Drizzle some olive oil over the top and season with sea salt and black pepper. Roast at 425 degrees for about 30-45 minutes.
Scoop out the tasty insides and discard the skin, season with a bit more salt and pepper to taste.
Add a squeeze of lime and a couple grates of whole nutmeg. Using whole nutmeg and grating it as needed is much better tasting than the already grated kind. Try it if you have not.
Mash it all together and enjoy!
Now I can tell Romagne that the Buttercup Squash was delicious and very yummy.