#SquashGoals Warm Up With this Healthy Favorite
Warm up your holidays with this winter favorite
Summer squash lovers rejoice! Winter squash has made its return and is
lining the shelves of the produce aisle. Squash varieties harvested in
the fall are known as winter squash and tend to include darker varieties
such as butternut and spaghetti squash. Each type is different in shape,
size, color, and flavor but have hard shells and provide numerous health
benefits that can help reduce the risk of disease including cancer, diabetes,
Winter squash can be baked, boiled, or steamed but no matter how you prepare
it, the end result is sure to be a delicious addition to your holiday meals.
Garlic Butter Butternut Squash Steaks
1 large butternut squash with a long and thick neck
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 fresh oregano or rosemary sprigs
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Cut neck off of butternut squash and keep base for another use. Cut stem
from end and peel. Cut squash in four slices lengthwise and trim off outer
rounded sides. You'll get four butternut squash steaks, about 1/2
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook butternut squash
steaks, turning every 3 minutes until deeply browned on both sides and
fork-tender, about 10 minutes.
Add butter, oregano or rosemary, and garlic to skillet, tilt pan toward
you so that butter pools on one side, and use a large spoon to continually
baste the squash steaks with the butter sauce. Continue cooking, basting
continuously, until butter is no longer bubbling and begins to brown,
about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
Remove from skillet, transfer butternut squash steaks to plates and spoon
the garlic butter sauce over. Sprinkle with coarse salt and fresh cracked
pepper if you like.