If you're craving something different this year, try a squash puree (from acorn, kabocha, or butternut). It typically doesn't come in a can, but it's sure worth the effort. Image, from top down: Acorn -- Delicately sweet and mild. Butternut -- Silky and nutty. Kabocha -- Dense and earthy.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 2 inches water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket (or colander). Add squash. Cover and steam until soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. If using acorn or kabocha, scoop out flesh and discard skins.

  • Puree steamed squash in a food processor until smooth. (If using kabocha, add 1/4 cup water before processing, then adjust until consistency is smooth.) Use immediately, or store in refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month; thaw in refrigerator before using.