Don’t you love when butter is melting all over something?!
So, I was thinking about this recipe that my girlfriend Shanna makes. It has root veggies of all sorts and is completely delicious. Somehow this led to the thought that if all of those root veggies were together then maybe butternut squash would be good with something. Which of course led me to a mashed dish. It’s a bit healthier than your common mashed potatoes that are full of milk, butter, cream cheese, and less nutritional russet potatoes. I think it’s a pretty, and delicious dish which I love when food actually looks good too. I know, that doesn’t really matter. I’m just sayin’.
The key to this dish is using the two veggies and the knorr stock. It’s an unexpected, but gives a burst of flavor.
Hey, you may even get some of those non veggie lovers to eat it! They’ll just think they are sweet potatoes.
Butternut Squash and White Sweet Potato Mash
Recipe by me
1 1/2 Lbs Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed in 1″ pieces
2 Medium White Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed in 1″ pieces
Scant 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tb Milk
1 Tub Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock
1 Ounce Neufchatel Cheese, room temp
3 Tb butter, melted
1/8 Ts Nutmeg (I prefer fresh)
1/4-1/2 Ts Cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
pinch of pepper
**You can cook the sweet potatoes and squash however you like. I just didn’t want to roast them because it would create a more firm skin, and I didn’t want to boil because I didn’t want the squash to have a weird texture.
Place the squash and sweet potatoes in a steamer. You can use a rice maker with the steamer attachment, a large pot that comes with the top steamer, or place a little (a cup or two) water in a pot, set a colander on top and cover the veggies inside of the colander. Cook for about 20 minutes or until tender.
Remove the veggies from the heat and into a large bowl. Meanwhile, heat the heavy cream and milk until warm. Add the tub of stock and whisk to combine. At the same time add the neufchatel cheese to the melted butter. The heat will help to soften and melt the cream cheese for a smoother consistency.
Using a potato masher or a hand held mixer, beat the veggies until they are mashed thoroughly. Slowly add the warm milk mixture and then the melted butter mixture. Continue to beat until well incorporated. Stir in the seasonings and test taste. If needed add more salt. Serve with a pat(a chunk) of softened butter. (It melts all over and is delicious!)