Cream-Braised Mélange of Winter Squash

Cream-Braised Mélange of Winter Squash
Serves: 6
 

You can cook the squash in this recipe longer for a chunky puree with some bite-sized bits of squash, or cook even longer into a puree. Or if you cook for less time, you’ll have forkful bites of squash in a creamy sauce. This recipe gives you some leeway to suit the group you’re serving.
Ingredients
  • 3 to 4 pounds mixed winter squash: acorn, carnival, and butternut
  • Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 to 12 sage leaves, minced
  • 1½ cups cream
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the squash into 1-inch chunks and set aside.
  2. In a large, deep pot, heat the Sunflower oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes, until it is golden and fragrant.
  3. Add the sage leaves and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the squash and fry just a minute or two as it’s beginning to get hot.
  5. Pour in the cream, bring to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the squash is tender enough to be pierced by a fork.
  6. Cooking time will depend on the size of your squash chunks, so you’ll want to use some discretion.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.