Squash September: Spiced Beef & Butternut Stew

Get ready to settle down for another edition of Squash September!

This time I’m making something with one of my favorites of the gourd variety: butternut squash. This long and bulky gourd has a nutty & sweet taste that is fantastic roasted or thrown in soups & stews.  

 I dug out this aromatic stew recipe to try since I have an overabundance of butternut squash at the moment. It tastes homey, yet exotic, and is warm and inviting. Top it off with sour cream and pine nuts, and you have yourself a tasty, spicy squash stew.

Spiced Beef & Butternut Stew

  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat (chunks)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1.5 tsp hot paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, juice included
  • 4 TBS. Pine nuts, toasted
  • Sour cream, for serving 

1. Lay stew meat in crock pot. In small bowl, mix together ginger, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, 1 TBS. Salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.

 2. Sprinkle seasoning over stew meat & toss to coat. Add onion & tomatoes (with juices) and crush tomatoes into meat, mixing with hands.

3. Put squash chunks on top of meat mixture and sprinkle with salt. Add about 2 cups of water. Cover and cook, on low, 7-8 hours.

 4. Top stew in bowls with sour cream and toasted pine nuts. Enjoy!

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