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Holiday Dinner Side Dish: Squashle Sauce

Holiday Dinner Side Dish: Squashle Sauce

Did you know that squash and apples go together like cranberries and oranges? When combined, I call it “Squashle Sauce” and it is super simple to make! It is a sweet rather than savory side dish so it is a nice contrast to stuffing, green bean casserole and the like.

First you need some butternut squash and some apples – this batch had 2 medium sized squash and 4 apples, but you can adjust to however much you want to make (this was a huge batch for a large crowd!

Butternut squash - peel with veggie peeler

Butternut squash – peel with veggie peeler

After washing the produce, peel the squash with a vegetable peeler and cut it into chunks, discarding the seeds and pulp. Peel and chunk the apples, discarding the core/seeds/etc.

Put water into the bottom of a large pan to about an inch deep – add the chunked up goodies. Bring to a simmer and cover. Stir frequently – add more water if needed to keep from scorching (lower the heat!) If it is too juicy, leave the lid off to allow it to cook down.

Use a fork to test for tenderness – you want to be able to pierce the chunks easily. Once they are tender enough, use a potato masher to, well, mash them!

Add butter, brown sugar, salt, spices – I use cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, but ginger would be a nice addition, too!



Add brown sugar, salt & spices to taste
Add brown sugar, salt & spices to taste
Continue to stir & cook until the butter is melted or it until it has an apple sauce-like consistency. (NOW do you get the name of the recipe?)  This is a great one to make a day ahead because it is easy to reheat. It can also be frozen.
Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Recipe


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Fun Stuff: Flavor Grinders

Two Flavor Grinders from Trader Joe's

I’ve noticed a trend in the spice aisles of the local grocery stores: flavor grinders. These are disposable grinders filled with herbs and spices in various combinations. I recently came across some grinders at Trader Joe’s which are my new favorite flavor enhancers while cooking. One is a “sweet” – Chocolate, Coffee Bean & Sugar – for topping coffee drinks, cupcakes, cookies, toast – whatever your little heart desires! The other is a “savory” called Flower Pepper which has Pepper Corns, Lavender and Other Flowers for fish, fowl, salads, etc. Besides the wonderful combinations each of these devices holds, they are notable for one other thing – they are refillable! I haven’t checked yet to see if T J’s carries refills in bulk – that would be awesome!

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Information, Product Review


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