Butternut squash is a perfect whole-food side dish. Using a slow cooker is an easy and hands-free way to make cooking tough-to-cut squash less stressful. This technique is particularly effective if you have lost strength in your hands and arms; raw butternut squash and pumpkin can be difficult to cut. Once it’s cooked in the slow cooker, you can cut the squash like butter and it tastes fantastic. This technique works for any large squash or pumpkin.
- 1 large butternut squash (a size that will fit your slow cooker)
- 1/4 cup water
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Cut slits in the skin of the squash with a sharp knife.
- Place squash in a slow cooker; add water. Turn to low and cook for 6 hours.
- Remove from slow cooker when tender. Cut in half; remove seeds and outer peel and discard.
- Scoop out squash and mash well. Mix in salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil and serve, or save for other dishes.
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Excerpted with permission from Stacked with Flavor by Shawna Coronado (Ogden Publications, 2019).