Liberian Pumpkin with Cock Sauce

liberianEven though I’ve been cooking for two months now, my idea of what is “a cinch to throw together” is still miles away from what the editors at Simply in Season consider “a cinch to throw together.”

First, for this recipe, one must peel and cube 2-3 C of butternut squash (or you can use pumpkin). I usually peel my butternuts with a vegetable peeler, as a knife is tricky to maneuver.

Then, you have to chop an onion and saute’ along with the butternut squash “until translucent.” This is the second recipe today where it’s supposed to get translucent. Problem is, it’s kind of hard to tell when it’s translucent when the other stuff is in there (it also calls for either hot chili peppers or hot sauce; I took this occasion to try out my new bottle of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce).  Plus it started to burn so I went ahead and added a little of the chicken broth so it didn’t burn while it was cooking, covered. When the butternut squash was tender, I added the rest of the cup of broth and covered again and cooked for the 10 minutes it called for. Meanwhile I browned the 1 lb of sausage (the recipe calls for 1 C but hey, might as well use the whole package) and started on the egg noodles.

While I’m waiting, let me tell you about Sriracha Hot Sauce. I first learned about it at an Indian cooking class at my CSA, and quickly discovered that it’s quite well known among foodies, and is nicknamed cock sauce because of the rooster on the front. I’ve since noticed it at lots of restaurants.

OK, so the 10 minutes is up, and it says to now add the sausage and cook uncovered until all the liquid is absorbed. It’s absorbed. So I put the pot on simmer until the egg noodles are done. You can serve this over any kind of noodle or rice, but DH and I were in the mood for egg noodles tonight.

The verdict: Definitely not “a cinch to throw together,” but not much chopping. The taste is definitely different, the sweet butternut plays off the spicy sausage and cock sauce. As DH said, the sauce makes your tongue tingly. Not sure if I’ll make this again soon, but it’s not a bad way to use up butternut squash.

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Gingery Butternut Squash Soup

Over the past year I’ve grown to appreciate fresh ginger. Like garlic, the dried or jarred version just doesn’t compare. In case you aren’t sure what fresh ginger looks like, or how to cook with it, there is a great tutorial at Cookthink.

buttgingersoupGingery Butternut Squash Soup from Simply in Season highlights fresh ginger, and is a simple soup to make on a rainy, chilly autumn afternoon.

Simply chop 2 onions and mince 2 T of fresh ginger, and saute’ in oil in the large soup pot until the onions are translucent. Then, add one cubed butternut squash and two cubed, peeled, cored apples. Add 4 C chicken broth, bring to a boil, and simmer until the squash is tender. Then puree with an immersion or regular blender and you’re all set!

The verdict: This is a very sweet rendition of butternut soup, and I liked it! It reminds me of applesauce.