Baked Butternut Squash
This simple and cheap baked butternut squash recipe turns a butternut squash into an oozing mass of gooey tasty forkfuls.
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Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 knobs of butter (about 15 g / ½ oz per knob)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil for brushing
For the filling
  • 150 g (5 oz) grated cheese (cheddar, gruyere, jack cheese...)
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Grated cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthways (careful!) and scoop out the seeds and fibre from each half.
  2. Into each cavity put one of the sliced garlic cloves, a knob of butter and a tsp of lemon juice. Season lightly.
  3. Brush the cut faces of each half with oil. Place on a baking tray and bake at 190°C/375°F for 40-60 minutes until the flesh is tender.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow the cool until the halves are cool enough to handle.
  5. Pour the juices into a bowl. Scrape the flesh out into the same bowl taking care not to rip the skins.
  6. Add the grated cheese and mixed herbs to the flesh. Season then mash the mixture.
  7. Spoon the mixture back into the skins. Sprinkle on some grated cheese. Bake on a tray in the oven at 160°C/320°F for 20-25 minutes until the cheese has melted and the flesh is heated through.
Titli's Tips
You can prepare this ahead of time before the final baking. Almost any cheese will do but you should halve the quantity of cheese if you are using a very strong flavoured cheese (Stilton, Gorgonzola, Danish Blue, etc).


There is no end to the things you can add into this recipe. Here are some suggestions:

- Sautéed mushrooms

- A tsp of honey

- Some grated ginger

- Mustard

- Pinenuts

- A can of tuna

- Some wilted spinach

- A couple of chopped chillis

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 548 27%
Calories from Fat 355
Total Fat 39.5g 60%
Saturated Fat 22.7g 113%
Unsaturated Fat 14.9g
   
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 28.9g 9%
Dietary Fibre 7.4g 29%
Sugars 0.6g
Protein 24.4g 48%
Cholesterol 108.1mgs 36%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.