Friday, August 19, 2011

Salmon & Squash

Although I miss my hubby's company on nights when he is traveling for work, I take advantage of cooking things for myself that he doesn't really like, such as...honey-glazed salmon and butternut squash! Random combination, I know, but it totally worked.

This is the BEST salmon you will ever eat, and it is beyond easy. So easy, in fact, that there is really nothing to take a picture of during the cooking process.

For the honey-glazed salmon, you'll need:
  • 2 Tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets
Combine all of the glaze ingredients and brush over the salmon fillets. Grill for about 6 minutes on each side. See...easy as pie!

I had never cooked a butternut squash before. I got inspired when I saw this beauty at our farmer's market in Brookhaven. Using a combination of recipes I found online, thought I'd give it a shot!

Using a very sharp knife, slice the squash down the middle. This is harder than it looks. Be careful!!

Scoop out those seeds and toss them. This made me excited for fall and pumpkin carving!

Next, I put a pat (pad?) of butter and generous tablespoon of brown sugar in the little bowl of each half of the squash.

Then I sprinkled a little Kosher salt and maple syrup on the squash. Put the squash halves in a baking pan and pour some water in the pan. This will keep them from drying out when you put them in the oven.

Meanwhile, the dogs know somethin's cooking...can you believe this disgusting drool? I literally have to clean this door every single day.

Bake the squash for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees, or until they are somewhat soft. I'm not sure that I cooked mine long enough but it was still delicous.

From here, you can do lots of things! I just scooped mine out, mashed it up a little bit and it was ready to eat. I like a little texture in my food. You could also put the scooped out squash in a blender to puree it, warm and serve...or use it to make butternut squash soup! Think I'll try the soup next time.

Anyone have any other butternut squash recipes that are yummy?


AA said...

This looks delicious!! Love new recipes. Thx, Georgia!

Linsey said...

This looks so good and your pictures are excellent!

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