Butternut Squash Butter – You Won’t Believe It #SundaySupper

Hey, y’all!  It’s Sunday – and a fantastically cool Sunday here too!  I know some of you are jealous because you’re still fighting the heat, but don’t worry… I’ll probably be dealing with my fair share of warm days before we see any real cold set it.  We are already seeing signs of the changing seasons though, mostly in the trees.  The colors of the season are taking over the tree lined streets of our neighborhoods and the peaks of our mountains – Reds, Yellows, Browns and Oranges.  I love the orange ones, which makes this week’s #SundaySupper theme of ‘all things orange’ seem perfectly appropriate.
When most people think ‘fall’ and ‘orange’, their minds immediately go to pumpkins.  Pumpkins are great, but my favorite orange food for fall?  Butternut Squash.  Seriously.  As I’m about to prove, this is one heck of a versatile veggie (or is it a fruit?)  Butternut squash makes an amazing base for soups, you can roast it, you can smash it, it’s a fantastic ‘first food’ for babies, and you can make a ‘butter’ out of it that no one will believe is squash.
Butternut Squash Butter
(Yes, that’s really squash!)
1 Butternut Squash (Medium to Large)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Split the squash lengthwise and scrap out the seeds.  Place the squash cut side down in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Add enough water to come about 1/2″ up the side of the pan.  Bake the squash for 60 minutes, or until fork tender.  Remove from the oven and allow it to cool until it can be handled with ease.
Using a spoon, scrap the squash flesh from the peel into a sauce pan.  Add the remaining ingredients, stir to mix well and cover.  Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
Transfer the squash mixture to the blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend until smooth.  The squash butter can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, frozen or canned.
 Seriously, guys… this stuff was no joke.  I could have eaten this until it made me sick.  Even my kids were all over it.  Both turned their noses up at squash anything, but after I got a bite of it in them, I couldn’t keep them out of it.  No one will believe you are feeding them squash, I promise!
This was absolutely delicious on toasted English Muffins or straight out of a bowl with a spoon.
Want to check out some more amazingly delicious ‘orange’ recipes?  Look at what the #SundaySupper crew has cooked up this week…
Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing
High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad
Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries
As always, we’ll be chatting it up on Twitter at 7 PM EST.  Join us by following the #SundaySupper hashtag.  Invite your Twitter friends to join us too!  It’s a great way to meet other people who love food.
Do you have a favorite ‘orange’ recipe?  Share it!
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49 Responses to Butternut Squash Butter – You Won’t Believe It #SundaySupper

  1. Laura Hunter says:

    I too am butternut squash obsessed and this sounds so good. I just made some apple butter for Christmas gifts and I think this would be a fun and unique butter to make for gifts as well.

  2. I make pumpkin butter and the family loves it – I never even thought about using butternut before! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that is has such little sugar in it – most fruit butters are loaded down with it! I am totally going to have to try this! Thank you for joining in this week!

  3. I’ve never heard of Butternut Squash Butter before and it looks delicious!

  4. What a great way to use butternut squash! I have puree in my fridge all the time and this is the perfect recipe for it. Happy Sunday!

  5. Renee Dobbs says:

    Pass me the jar and a spoon and I’ll be happy. I might have to spread it on toast or biscuits too.

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I would have never thought of making a “butter” out of squash!

  7. Sounds great to me! gonna give it a try!

  8. Megan Wood says:

    I love butternut squash – I am so happy you shared this recipe w/ us. I am making pumpkin butter sometime this week & will be making this next!

  9. seetfei says:

    This look divine and delicious! I shall try it out!

  10. seetfei says:

    This look divine and delicious! I shall try it out!

  11. Katie says:

    Such a good point about butternut squash! I sometimes think that pumpkin gets all the glory during the fall, but butternut squash is absolutely wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe: sounds great!

  12. Sheila Fretz says:

    This looks so yummy and tasty!

  13. OMG. I can’t believe you did that with butternut squash. You need to sell this at a road-side stand. I’d buy it all!

  14. This looks fabulous! I make pumpkin butter every year, but never thought about butternut butter. What a terrific idea!

  15. This sounds wonderful–and what a great gift it would make around the holidays!

  16. This looks fantastic!

  17. Val~paL says:

    My mouth is watering!!!!! Great presentation! :-)

  18. Tara says:

    Oh yum, that looks so good!!

  19. tina says:

    I am following the ornage themed blogs today and was thrilled to stumble upon this great looking recipe! I have SOOOO many butternut squash this year and this recipe looks lovely. Going to make it right now!:) Thanks!

  20. This is such a cool recipe! I would’ve never thought of making butter with butternut squash and now after reading this post, I think, why the heck not?! I LOVE butternut squash so this is right up my alley.

  21. Carla says:

    Not going to lie – it looks like pumpkin butter!! Well they are both members of the squash family. Butternut is one of my favorite fall veggies too. In fact, I bought one the other day to make dinner sometime this week. Or butter. Butter for dinner? ;)

  22. Susan says:

    I’ve never heard of butternut squash butter but what a creative use for it!

  23. Soooo Goood! Thank you for sharing.

  24. I would have no problem getting my boys to eat this, yummmy!

  25. Sarah Reid says:

    So clever! Can’t wait to make this

  26. This is soooo creative! Looks like it would be tasty on a bagel.

  27. Tora Estep says:

    Butternut squash is my favorite squash. It’s so delicious and so versatile. It can basically stand in for pumpkin in any pumpkin recipe, including sweets.

  28. Butternut Squash is a favortie of mine, too. The only thing I hate about it is peeling and cutting it. Such a pain. But so worth it. I am going to have to try this for sure.

  29. Yeah, I’m thinking I’d probably be spooning that directly into my mouth. I love all sorts of “butters”, and I know this would be no exception. Sigh…my to-make list is growing longer with each “orange” post!

  30. Squash butter?! This I have to try!

  31. This looks very good…I’ve never cooked with butternut, but maybe this would be a good way to get my feet wet!

  32. Kris Adair says:

    I keep butternut squash on hand all winter. Running to the fridge right now to make this. Love it!

  33. Thank you for sharing this! I’m always on the lookout for great ways to use butternut squash.

  34. Lizzy Do says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve only eaten apple butter, but never even attempted to make it. Maybe you better just drop one of those delicious jars in the mail to me so I can tell you if it’s as amazing as it sounds :)

  35. FamilySpice says:

    Ok, never heard of butternut squash butter – LOVE IT! Can it and pass on for Christmas gifts, too!

  36. Kim Bee says:

    Genius idea. I love this recipe. It’s so unique and different.

  37. This looks marvellous! I’m going to try this FOR SURE! I love Butternut Squash so I won’t feel bad about having this spoonfuls at a time! :-)

  38. Oh my goodness yes please.
    This looks SO good and I’ve never even heard of it before. I would loe this on some toast or an english muffin the morning. This looks fantastic!

  39. Pumpkin butter is heavenly and I’ll bet butternut squash butter is even better. Can’t wait to try!

  40. Wow I am seeing so many awesome recipes for things I have never tried before, I love it, this looks great!!

  41. Love fruit butters of all kinds & this one looks fab ! Will make this since I have so much pumpkin puree ! Thanks for sharing ! Lovely pics

  42. Huh? Never would have thought of this. Sounds great though!

  43. Alice Choi says:

    I love this! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  44. Sarah says:

    I was slightly confused there was no dairy in the recipe but I don’t care what you call it. I just want a big jar of it so I can take a spoon straight to the jar. Great recipe!

  45. Kris Adair says:

    Making this now to put in little half-pint jars to can for wedding favors. No time like midnight the night before we leave. Smells amazing!

  46. Chelsea says:

    I love pumpkin butter and apple butter but butternut squash?! Great idea!

  47. Angelique says:

    What a wonderful recipe. How long would you can these? How long would a jar last in the freezer and do the jars need to be sterilized?

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