Ideas in Food's Butternut Squash Seed Butter Recipe

Ideas in Food's Butternut Squash Seed Butter Recipe
Staff Writer
The end result: butternut squash seed butter.

Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot

The end result: butternut squash seed butter.

This recipe for butternut squash seed butter is a central component of a fall recipe by Ideas in Food: Butternut Squash Cavatelli with Grilled Mushrooms en Papillote. But it can be used in other dishes too, like with cooked vegetables or on toast. - Arthur Bovino

Ingredients

For the butternut squash seed butter:

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • Seeds and pulp from a roasted butternut squash
  • 1 whole star anise
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 to 325 degrees with convection, if available. Put the butter and reserved seeds into a medium-sized heatproof pan and put it into the oven. Roast the butter and seed mixture for one hour. Remove from the heat and add the star anise and nutmeg. Let the spices infuse for 20 minutes, then strain the mixture, discarding the seeds and the pulp and reserving the aromatic butter. Cool in a heatproof container and refrigerate for up to a week.

Butternut Squash Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Butternut Squash Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.