Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Puree

The orange gold hues, creamy flavor contrasted with carmelized onion and poblano (or bell pepper) strips, makes this one of my favorite fall dishes. It is also deliciously healthy. Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are in the pumpkin family, rich in carotenoids.

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Variations:
– Use only sweet potatoes or only butternut squash
– Leave the seeds in the poblano pepper for delightful contrast of spicy and sweet

Serving ideas:
– An accompaniment to Rosemary Roasted Pork, or Broiled Chicken and Artichoke for a dinner party menu, with a Green Bean and Arugula Salad or a Kale Salad. Make the Apple and Cranberry Crisp for dessert.
– As a delicious, nutritious topping for the Sweet Potato Shepherd Pie, or make an impromptu shepherd pie over leftover chili, particularly the Lentil Chili.

I double this recipe for the Thanksgiving 2016 Menu.

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Puree
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Servings
6 - 8
Servings
6 - 8
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Puree
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Servings
6 - 8
Servings
6 - 8
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Place squash and sweet potatoes on prepared baking sheet, cut side down. Roast until very tender (poke with a fork to test), about 50 minutes.
  3. Cool. Scoop flesh out with a spoon and transfer to large saucepan. Mash with potato masher until smooth.
  4. Stir in broth. Season puree to taste with salt and pepper. (Puree can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  5. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and poblano (or bell pepper), and sauté until onions are golden brown and tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made a day ahead and refrigerated in a closed container. Bring to room temperature next day).
  7. Bring puree to simmer, adding more broth to thin if necessary.
  8. Stir in 3/4 of onion-bell pepper mixture. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with remaining onion-bell pepper mixture and serve.
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