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Side or Appetizer, Vegetables

Buttered Squash

Squashes are a new world vegetable that were used as a staple starch, much like we use that other new world vegetable, the potato. For a change of pace, try your favorite potato recipe with a squash, Chaote, Butternut, Calabaza or Acorn are all great choices for this.

Serves:2

Ingredients:

  • 1 chaote squash (or ~1 lb other squash)
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in skillet.
  2. Toss in Chaote. Gently fry, covered (shake or stir occasionally to prevent sticking) until squash is tender and crisp (appx. 10-15 minutes)

Variations:

  • Fry with onions, or salted pork. Or both. A spicy sausage also works well.
  • Melt cheese over top (queso blanko is perfect)
  • A tablespoon of curry powder or paprika near the end really perks up the dish.
  • Instead of butter, try some olive oil and add some parsley to the squash.
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