BUTTERNUT SQUASH MASH, ALONE OR AS RAVIOLI FILLING
As seen in our September 2012 DINNER SHOW with a Pork Ravioli and sauted apples. Or use as a filling for ravioli as seen at our Thanksgiving 2013 table with apple gastric and pan seared apples.
1 pound Russet potatoes, washed, peeled and diced (hold in cold water till needed)
- 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, diced
- 1 medium large onion, diced
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
- NOTE: Chop all the vegetables the same size for cooking
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2 tablespoons maple balsamic vinegar (alternative might be 1 tablespoon each maple syrup and apple cider vinegar)
- 4 tablespoons EVOO
- Salt, pepper coriander for final seasoning as needed
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Cover prepared vegetables in pot with water just to cover–only a little (about 1 inch) over top of vegetables. Add the salt and coriander during the cooking. Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20-25 minutes, depending on size of your chop.
Remove from heat and drain. Place back onto heat just briefly (30 seconds) to dry up water that may remain. Dry well especially when using mash for ravioli. Smash with masher or use food mill or ricer to make a finer mash.
Off heat, add maple balsamic, EVOO, and parsley. Check seasoning and adjust with salt, pepper, coriander to your taste.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Use mash as a bed for confit of pork ravioli with sautéed apples; or use to fill ravioli and serve with pan seared apples. Either is a great fall menu addition.
PAN SEARED APPLES
1 Tablespoon EVOO
1 green apple or other tart apple that won’t immediately break down. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Greenstein, for example
Method: Place oil in sauté pan on medium heat; when ready place sliced apples in pan and cook to sear and warm through until tender but firm. Lightly salt and serve with apple gastric.
2 cups apple cider or juice
Method: Place in sauce pan and cook down by simmering until cider is reduced by half. (take two cups down to 0ne) Drizzle over sautéed apples and squash ravioli.