As far as Thanksgiving goes, my family kept it simple: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and gravy. I’m surprised I’m not a picky eater considering my ma didn’t like to venture outside her comfort zone, AT ALL. But these past couple of years, I’ve been trying to switch things up a little bit and I have the BF to thank; he introduced me to the wonders of how-to-brine a turkey, and his magical pomegranate cranberry sauce (of which I was previously never a fan.).
So a couple of years ago, instead of making gravy at our Thanksgiving with our friends, I decided to make a roasted butternut squash soup (as a healthy alternative.). First reactions from some of my friends were …hostile. “Thanksgiving with no gravy? You call this Thanksgiving?! I call it LIES!” But after giving it a try, the silky texture, sweet and savory flavors won them all over. Success! Aaaand even healthy!
So this is a butternut squash. Correction, this is MY butternut squash. Look at it! Over six pounds! Awww he’s so cute. I didn’t use all of him for this recipe, but I did roast all of him. What will I do with the leftovers? We’ll deal with that another time
Like I said, this can be used as a healthy alternative to gravy… I shamelessly dipped my turkey into it. Again. And Again. And I may have “accidentally” spilled some over my stuffing… ::cough cough:: and um… sometimes, it disappears before I get the chance.