Thursday, November 10, 2011

An alternative to Yams/Sweet Potatoes

I found this in our local (Wed.) paper and wanted to share it because I think it would be a wonderful alternative side dish for those, like me, who don't care for yams or sweet potatoes--whatever they are referred to in YOUR neck of the woods!

Walnut Squash

*Recipe calls for 3 (12 oz.) pkg's. frozen winter squash, thawed---but I'd personally use FRESH.  As always, your choice!
1/4 C + 2 Tbsp. dark-brown sugar
2 eggs
5 Tbsp. softened butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1/4 C milk (may be low-fat)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C chopped walnuts (OR Pecans would be an excellent choice too!)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray.
2.  Beat together squash, 1/4 cut brown sugar and eggs.
3.  In a saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter.  Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Whisk in milk, salt and cinnamon..
4.  Beat milk into squash; transfer to baking dish.
5.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Stir together 2 Tbsp. butter, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and the nuts.  Sprinkle on squash.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes. 
Serves 8

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