Butternut squash is paired with the light fruitiness of coconut milk, citrusy cilantro, the seductiveness of ginger and garlic and hot green chiles for a lively, fresh vegetarian main course.
If you’re anything like me, Thanksgiving leftovers once per day and I’m good. Perhaps even once and I’m good!
…..and then I’m on the lookout for something else that is going to excite my tastebuds. This simple, light Thai-inspired vegetarian dish, Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry, adapted from Real Vegetarian Thai by Nancie McDermott (published in 1997 by Chronicle Books) was the perfect alternative.
I remember making this dish for my husband early in our marriage. We were married in 1995 and at the time I was a vegetarian. He wasn’t crazy about squash because the only way he had ever had it was cooked to death, mashed and then sweetened with brown sugar.
In this dish, butternut squash is paired with the light fruitiness of coconut milk, citrusy cilantro, the seductiveness of LOTS of ginger and garlic and hot green chiles. You can purchase prepared green curry paste, but this is going to taste a lot fresher!
Butternut squash can appear intimidating at first to work with. It’s not difficult once you master the technique.
First, select a squash with a long neck. This means you’ll have plenty of flesh without having to cut around the seedy part.
Slice the neck into about 3-inch lengths then place the cut side down on a cutting board. With a good, sharp knife, slice downward toward your cutting board, rotating the squash as you remove the thick peel.
To peel the bottom of the squash (the part with seeds), slice it in half from the top down. Place the seed side down and slice into ½ to 1-inch half moons. Remove the peel and seedy, fibrous interior with a paring knife then cube all the flesh as desired.
Simmer the squash in the curry until you can easily pierce it with a knife. If you cook it too much, it will fall apart.
Serve with hot cooked brown basmati rice. Hellooo tastebuds!!!