View Full Version : Can you roast butternut squash whole?
Title says it all really :wink: I'm really just a lazy cook and find peeling/deseeding this vegetable most irksome! I'm going to cook some to make baby puree and normally boil it in cubes, but will it work roasted? Thought it would make it easier to peel and scoop the seeds out. Or will it all dissolve into a big soft seedy mess? :puzzled:
Erm, you can cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and then roast it.
IMHO the skin is the best part (not suitable for weaning of course!) and that's the easiest way to prepare it.
I didn't know you could eat the skin!!! Does it go soft when cooked?
Yes it does. I just spray it with some olive oil and bung it in the roasting tin. It's really yummy!
If you're going to puree it, you can definitely puree the skin as well.
I used to do that for Hettie's purees. :oops: It does go really really soft!!
I didn't know the skin was edible either! I've always peeled mine, though my least fave bit is taking the seeds out. They smell like melon which makes me feel :vom:
I too am very lazy and roast my butternut whole. I work on the baked potato principle of prodding it now and agin until it's soft :wink: . The skin will peel off really easily, cut in half, deseed, whack in blender or whatever.
How long do you roast it for? I mean, it's OK to say prod it now and then, but if it's going to take an hour or thereabouts, that's a lot of prodding!
ummm...I don't know :oops: . Never was very good at timing stuff.
Haven't done roasted butternut for ages but I probably applied the baked potato logic to timing as well...so about an hour. The skin goes quite crinkly when cooked so you get a vague idea when to start prodding....
For a scientist my cooking skills are extremely vague :tongue:
I know not for weaning purposes, but will tell you what's very nice - half a butternut squash (skin on) sprayed/drizzled with olive oil and blue cheese stuffed into the scooped out hole - and roasted. We're having this tomorrow for dinner, but instead of blue cheese we'll use ementhal as it's less fattening for me.
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