Classic, simple recipe for a side dish of squash.
- Cut squash in half, scrape out all the inside bits. Cut into thick chunks. Peel skin from each chunk. Steam over a pan of boiling water for about 20 minutes or less, until very tender.
- Remove from steamer, shake away any excess moisture. Put into a pan, add the butter along with some salt and pepper, and mash.
You can use squash or pie pumpkin. You will want between 1 1/2 pounds and 2 pounds (about 800 g) of unpeeled squash to end up serving 2 people as a side dish. If you wish, you may add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar, and / or stir in a tablespoon or two of butter. If you don't have a steamer or a means to steam the squash you can boil it; steaming it just means that it comes out less soggy resulting in a firmer mash. If you boil it, try draining it, putting it back in the pot uncovered, and put the pot back on the burner over very low heat for a minute or two to dry it somewhat.
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