We have a special variety of butternut squash in our CSA boxes this week called Honey Nut. They're an adorable serving-sized mini butternut with dark tan skin and great sweet flavor. You can simply cut them in half and bake. Add some herbs and butter, and you have a dreamy side dish! If you've got time to get a little more elaborate, definitely make these pirogies, they make an irresistibly delicious meal and kids love them too!
Ingredients (for the filling):
2 baby butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cubed. (You could also substitute sweet potatoes, or another type of winter squash here).
3 Cloves chopped garlic
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tsp salt
2 Tsp black pepper
1 Tsp nutmeg
4 cups water or veggie stock
3 Tsp herbs of choice, chopped (I used rosemary and sage)
Prepare squash by peeling, seeding and cutting into small cubes. In a large skillet, heat the
butter over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the cubed
squash. Stir well and add the nutmeg, pepper and salt. Let this mixture cook over medium heat
for 3 minutes.
Add 1 cup water (or broth) and turn heat to high, bring to a boil. Stir occasionally, to ensure the
squash does not stick to the bottom of the pan. As liquid evaporates add more, about a cup at a
time. Cook over high heat, for 30 minutes adding water as needed. The squash will begin to
soften and caramelize. Cook until you can smash the mixture with a masher. Begin to bring the
mixture to a thick paste, mashing with the back side of the spoon as you continue to stir. Once the mixture has reached the consistency of thick mashed potatoes, removed from pan and place in a bowl. Add the chopped herbs and mix well. Set aside.
Ingredients (pirogi dough and garnish):
2 Cups all purpose flour
¾ cups sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter (divided)
1 Tsp salt
1 large clove crushed garlic
Chopped herbs/parmesan cheese to garnish
Mix the flour, sour cream, egg, ¼ cup melted butter and salt in a large bowl until it reaches a
dough like texture. Form into a thick round, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Once the dough has chilled, roll out into a large round on a floured surface. Cut the dough into
about a dozen 3-4 inch rounds. Place 1 tablespoon of the butternut squash mixture in each
round. Fold each round over into a half moon shape. Press edges firmly closed.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot or skillet of water to a boil. Place all the pierogis into the boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes. Drain out the water.
Now: in a large skillet heat ¼ cup butter and 1 clove crushed garlic. Place the pierogis in the
pan and cook on each side for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the herbs and cheese
to garnish! Goes great with roasted brussel sprouts! Enjoy!
Ali Price is a Root 5 Farm CSA member and local food educator. She provides group and private cooking lessons to folks in the Upper Valley. She is also an aspiring Health Coach and born and raised veggie lover.
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