Well, butternut squash can be tasty if done well. And you know I’m not much of a cook and so I think it’s OK for me to toot my horn once in a while. Toot toot!
There is a Chef In My Kitchen, but sometimes he looks to me to cook. Which can be like gambling — winner takes all and I’m so thrilled with myself or the odds are against me that I’m going to make something inedible and have a terrible taste in my mouth. Well, it’s time to cash in this metaphor and this dish because it’s great for those of who like to eat but not really like to cook. Bonus points: this dish is great for Fall.
Butternut squash (1 per person)
Pepitas (uncooked pumpkin seeds)
Brown sugar or raw honey
Rock or coarse salt
What We’ve Got To Do To Make This Meal
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Slice the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
Season one of the halves with the rock salt and pepitas.
Season the other half with brown sugar or raw honey and pepitas.
Put in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes. (Or until a fork can easily be stuck all the way through the flesh of the butternut squash.)
Toast the walnuts in a frying pan.
When the butternut squash is ready, remove them from the oven and sprinkle the pomegranate seeds.
Beer. Delicious. Pumpkins. Festive. But do they have good synergy as my hoppy, happy adult beverage to signal and celebrate the cooler season that is Fall? In a word: yes. However, and luckily, we’ve not found our craft beer of choice as of yet. Read this to mean: more beers to sample in to the Fall Season!
Pumpkin Beer Tasting Results
We tried several pumpkin beers and somehow a pumpkin hard cider got in the mix (oh, what a shame). Here’s what we (me and the hubbs) thought. I’d love to know what you think too — what’s your favorite pumpkin beer or pumpkin ale?
Buffalo Bill’s American Original Pumpkin Ale — 4
Per RateBeer.com, this amber style ale was “originally brewed by George Washington, brewed with fresh roasted pumpkins, malted barley. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are added. Bottled form is brewed under contract by Portland Brewing Co.”
A neato description, however, my taste buds were wanting a little more. A great tasting beer but I could not taste the pumpkin.
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale — 3
I love that Stingy Jack adorns the label of Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale, his arm above his head as he charges over the banner. After circling through all the beers on hand and returning to this one we could appreciate the subtly of spices in this pale ale. However, the pumpkin taste I was looking for was not present.
Wasatch! Fun to say but even better is what happens after you take a swig of this beer. Once the amber liquid hits your lips you will be reacquainted with the pumpkin flavor and spices that is so highly sought after in a coffee-chain-that-shall-not-be-named’s lattes. Only now this flavor can be enjoyed in your cerveza in time for the Fall Season/Halloween/Thanksgiving.