Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How to Microwave Fresh Del Monte Butternut Squash

Del Monte's fresh butternut squash is already peeled and cubed, making microwaving a breeze.

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Rich, vibrantly-colored butternut squash is a cold-weather favorite, and for good reason. With a flavor similar to sweet potatoes, butternut squash is a healthy, filling alternative to potatoes. Although it's versatile, nutritious, and packed with flavor, many home cooks are intimidated by the odd-looking gourd. Thankfully, companies like Del Monte do the hard work for you by peeling and cubing the squash in advance. Microwaving is the quickest, simplest method for cooking the cubed squash. Once it's finished cooking, drizzle the squash with a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and enjoy.

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Remove the cubed squash from its packaging. Discard the packaging.


Place the squash into a microwave-safe baking dish.


Fill the bottom of the baking dish with about 1 inch of water and cover the it with microwave-safe plastic wrap.


Microwave the squash on high for eight minutes.


Peel back a portion of the plastic wrap, being careful to avoid escaping steam. Poke a piece of squash with a fork. If the fork easily breaks into the squash, it's ready. If it doesn't, re-cover the baking dish and microwave the squash for two-minute intervals, checking it with a fork between each interval.

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