In the fall all the local farm markets are full of pumpkins and squash. Where I live I am lucky enough to have two farm families who raise produce and multitudes of squash. Every year I think this will be the year I raise my own squash, but by early fall, I am over keeping plants alive and just go to the farm markets. Once again, I am thankful for farm families that can A. keep the squash vines alive and B. do the manual labor it takes to grow and pick all of the squash. During growing seasons, these families don’t get days off or time away from the farm. If they aren’t in the field they are at the community farmer’s markets or manning their own markets.
While they make beautiful decorations, I have had the introduction to a more motivating reason to fill my house with squash. This sweet butternut squash souffle will change the way you look at squash. No longer will my squash wined up in the compost pile.
Not sure you can make a souffle? Think again. This souffle is worth trying, and I promise you won’t have to worry about it falling! Start by either roasting or steaming the squash once you have peeled and chunked the squash. I normally steam it for 10-15 minutes in the microwave. I have a microwave steamer. If you don’t, just put it in a flat dish and cover with saran wrap with a small portion vented. Then it is just a matter of pureeing with a stick blender, standard blender or food processor.
The squash is cooked when it is fork tender. Add a couple table spoons of butter and puree. In the same bowl add brown sugar, milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla. Once it is all mixed together and smooth, pour into a greased casserole pan and bake on 350 degrees for an 50-60 minutes. Then enjoy right with your dinner. Yes, it is sweet, but next to a spicy smoked beef sandwich it will leave you with an empty pan. Your friends will ask for the recipe while men and children are shocked this is squash. Little do they know that this is just a crustless pumpkin pie sans the whip cream.
This post is part of the 30 days series over on Prairie Farmer. Be sure to check out the five things Holly will be talking about all month long while you are there! Be sure to see all my 30 Days of #FarmsMatter posts.