PAN SEARED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
W/ HONEY HERB BUTTER
I can’t begin to tell you how GOOD this pan seared butternut squash w/ honey herb butter tastes. When I was catering it was one of the premier sides I offered and it was always a huge hit. I have served it for corporate executives meetings, at weddings, baby showers, celebration of life gatherings and graduation parties. Everyone always wanted to know what the secret ingredient was that gave it such a unique flavor.
The answer to that would be…the combination of everything I throw in it.
I start with a whole butternut squash and cut it into one inch slices. I peal each slice, remove any seeds and dice it into half inch cubes. I put a fourth of a cup of butter into a hot cast iron skillet, turn the heat down to low and pour in the squash. I cover the skillet with a lid and about every five minutes I stir it around. Once the squash is tender I set the lid aside. I add a forth of a cup of coursly chopped fresh herbs. I use equal parts basil, parsley and chives. I also add about a tablespoon of fresh finely chopped dill.
I turn the fire up to medium high and stir until the squash begins to slightly sear and a thin crust begins to form. I add 4 tablespoons of a good quality honey and stir about one minute. I add salt and pepper to taste and turn off the heat. Then I add the juice of half a lemon and stir again. I let the dish cool slightly before serving.
It may just be a side dish, but the fresh herbs, the sweetness of the butter & honey and the slight tang of the lemon marry together perfectly to make this side dish the star of any meal.