Butternut is a staple of the fall and winter months; its brilliant color, sweet flavor and versatility make it a favorite vegetable. This rich, elegant purée makes a terrific holiday accompaniment to any meat, especially pork and poultry — and it can stand in for mashed potatoes if you’re looking for a lighter choice.
This recipe makes about 4 cups. If you have any butternut purée left over from dinner, it reheats beautifully in the microwave and tastes marvelous the next day!
|4 pounds||Earthbound Farm Organic Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks)|
|1/4 cup||mascarpone cheese|
|2 tablespoons||light brown sugar (or to taste)|
|freshly grated nutmeg (to taste)|
|salt (to taste)|
Place the butternut in a steamer insert and steam over high heat until very tender, about 20 minutes. (It may be necessary to do this in batches.)
Let the squash cool slightly, then transfer to a food mill fitted with the finest screen. Pass through the food mill. If you want a perfectly smooth purée, next press the butternut through a fine mesh sieve.
Add the mascarpone and brown sugar, and whisk until smooth. Season with the nutmeg and salt to taste. To serve, reheat over medium heat until hot.