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Monday, October 22, 2012

BUTTERNUT SQUASH CAKES




BUTTERNUT SQUASH CAKES
When I made these I was not prepared for just how tasty they would be.  They are so substantial-tasting and carby-tasting that you will not miss potato or other starch on your dinner plate.  I will be making these forever and a day!  They are best fresh, but I actually like them cold as well.


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2 tbsp olive oil (30 mL)
1 cup chopped onion (250 mL)
2 tsp curry powder (10 mL)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mL)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1 tsp black pepper (5 mL)
4 cups peeled, grated butternut squash,* (1 L)
  OR similar yellow squash
2 eggs, fork beaten
2/cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix, page___ (150 mL)
1/4 cup olive oil (60 mL)
Sour cream (optional)

In nonstick frying pan, in olive oil and over medium heat, cook onion until soft and translucent.  Stir in curry powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper.

To prepare butternut squash see helpful hints.  Place grated butternut squash in large bowl.  Stir in cooked onion-and-spice mixture.  Stir in eggs well.  Stir in Gluten-Free-Bake Mix, page___ until well combined.  Form 10 patties or cakes.

In nonstick frying pan, in 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil over medium heat cook until golden brown underneath, flip carefully using spatula and spoon or fork to stabilize.  Flatten squash cakes with back of spatula and continue to cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown on the other side.  Serve immediate with sour cream, if desired.


Yield: 10 squash cakes

1 squash cake

135.2 calories
2.4 g protein
11.2 g fat
6.2 g net carbs

Helpful Hints: *To peel the butternut squash, cut off the top and bottom ends, then halve lengthwise. Use a large spoon to scrape out the seeds and fibers. Place cut side down and cut off the outer skin with a sharp knife. One of the major hurdles to preparing winter squash, such as butternut, is cutting it in half. You can always use a heavy chef’s knife or a cleaver and exert some pressure. An easier method is to partially bake the whole squash until it is soft enough to yield more easily to a knife. Place the squash in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 20 minutes. If the peel does not remove easily, put it back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Remove the squash and cut as directed and then grate it in a food processor using the grating assembly. 

HERE IS A GREAT LINK FOR HOW TO CUT A BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITHOUT INJURY: http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-to-cut-butternut-squash.html  She recommends nuking the whole squash for 3 minutes.

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