Mushrooms stuffed with sweet creamy butternut squash and topped with Italian bread crumbs for an extra crunch, perfect with a salad or as a side.
I love mushrooms, as you can probably tell from all my previous recipes. It works well with so many things that oftentimes I just add them in a recipe without thinking. This time, I decided that I wanted to try stuffing mushrooms with butternut squash. Why? I had a butternut squash sitting around for awhile, and I wanted to try something different. It turned out really well. Butternut squash is healthy and filling. It’s filled with Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, which are all important for our health. What’s even better is that butternut squash is low in fat.
I really recommend trying this recipe.
The first thing you should do is cut the butternut squash in half, lengthwise. Like all squash, it will be difficult to cut. Make sure you have a good sharp knife. Place the squash on a solid surface where you won’t slip. Watch your fingers as you make the cut.
For this recipe, you’ll only need half of a butternut squash. Use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds from the center. Make sure to clean out the entire cavity. If you don’t, it’ll taste a little stringy and fibrous.
Preheat the oven to 350oF. While the oven is warming up, place a tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of maple syrup into the now empty cavity. I moved the butternut squash back and forth so that the maple syrup would coat the entire cavity. That way more surfaces of the butternut squash will be covered with the delicious maple syrup.
Line a 13×9 inch baking pan with foil and put in about 2/3 cup of water. Place the butternut squash into the baking pan and cover with foil. The foil will prevent the butternut squash from drying out. Bake in the oven for 2 hours until the butternut squash becomes soft.
While the butternut squash is slowly roasting in the baking pan, wash the mushrooms and remove the stems.
After the butternut squash is completely cooked and has softened, carefully remove the foil to let the heat escape. Make sure not to burn yourself from the heat. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes or until the squash is cool enough to handle. Pour the maple syrup out into a small bowl. Use a spoon to carve out the butternut squash from the skin and place into a medium size bowl. This will be very easy to do. Use a whisk to mash up the butternut squash, making it as smooth as possible. Pour the maple syrup back into the butternut squash, add basil, and mix with the whisk.
Stuff the mushrooms with the mashed butternut squash. Place the mushrooms onto a foil lined baking sheet that is already sprayed with cooking oil. Sprinkle the top with Italian style bread crumbs. The bread crumbs will give the mushrooms extra flavor and crunch.
Bake the mushrooms in the oven at 350oF for about 10 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened and the bread crumbs have turned a golden brown.
This recipe yields a various amount of mushrooms depending on how big the butternut squash is. I recommend making about a dozen to two dozen mushrooms. If there is leftover mashed butternut squash, you can eat it as is. The butternut squash will be sweet and creamy.
I placed mushrooms on top of a bed of arugula and grape tomato salad with no dressing because I loved the taste of the stuffed mushrooms with the plain salad. However, you can add your favorite dressing to the salad or use the citrus dressing found in this recipe.
A serving is about 5-6 mushrooms depending on the size of the mushrooms. But definitely give this recipe a try. It’s sweet and creamy due to the butternut squash and slightly salty and crunchy from the Italian bread crumbs. Serve the mushrooms warm. Enjoy!
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