With such a wide variety to choose from, offering you numerous benefits as well as beautiful flavours, when preparing to cook with vegetables, picking a favourite can be tough. However, not all veggies are created equal, making it easier for you to narrow down the options and find the perfect veggie for your meal. Some veggies are best enjoyed raw like in a vibrant salad, while others taste better roasted in a bake or as part of a delicious stew. Some can even be enjoyed as a sweet treat too.
One such versatile veggie that can be enjoyed as either a sweet or savoury preparation, and that serves as the perfect vegetable to use to create memorable winter-warming meals is butternut squash. Butternut squash is a delicious winter-veggie that offers so many options when it comes to cooking this hearty vegetable that you’ll be spoiled for choice with winter meal ideas that will satisfy and warm you up all winter long. But no matter which way you choose to prepare it, butternut squash always tastes best when it is spiced to perfection.
Cooking Spiced Butternut Squash
The versatility of butternut squash can be attributed to the sweet and nutty flavour this vegetable offers. To add to its tasty flavour profile, butternut squashes are also considered to be quite healthy because of all the nutrients they contain, such as vitamins A and C. Serving as a wonderful complement to a variety of dishes, or the star of its own scrumptious meals, butternut squash is always a great choice for making healthy dishes that will delight the whole family.
To bring out the rich taste of this versatile veggie though, you need to pair it with quality spices that will make the flavours of this squash sing. So, at What’s For Dinner, we’re sharing some top tips on what to pick when looking for the best seasoning for butternut squash, to help you bring on the flavour.
What Spices Pair Well With Butternut Squash?
With so many ways to prepare butternut, picking out the right spice to pair it with can feel confusing. So here are our top picks of spices that will ensure your butternut dish is bursting with flavour.
Spices For Butternut Dishes
Garlic and Chilli Spices
When you’re thinking about winter-warming meals, a salad is likely the furthest food from your mind. But this delicious Chilli Roasted Butternut and Quinoa Salad is sure to get you thinking differently. Seasoned with Robertsons Crushed Chillies for a touch of warmth for the winter, and Robertsons Masterblends Rustic Garlic and Herb for some savoury goodness, this butternut salad makes for mouthfuls of mouth-watering flavour.
This warm salad, packed with nutrients, is ideal as a flavourful side or even as a scrumptious light meal on its own. To delight your senses with a deliciously spicy and aromatic warm salad, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Cinnamon and Paprika Spices
Now for a heartier winter dish with a bit of a twist - stuffed roast butternut. Seasoned with Robertsons Cinnamon spice, the butternut boasts warm heat, earthy notes and a slight sweetness that enhances the sweet, nutty flavour of your squash. The savoury sauce topping then reinforces the sweet, spicy flavour with a mix of Robertsons Paprika and Cinnamon spices, to make a perfectly spiced, palate-pleasing dressing for the rice and veggie stuffing.
This Stuffed Butternut with Basmati Rice and Fresh Veg recipe is the ideal meal to satisfy the family and see you through the winter.
Barbecue and Cumin Spices
We can’t talk about classic winter-warmer meals without mentioning a good old hearty soup. This simple yet tasty Roasted Vegetable Soup is one that is sure to satisfy. A delicious and nutritious blend of carrots, sweet potato and butternut makes this a truly delightful winter soup. A few shakes of Robertsons Barbecue spice added to the mix adds layers of robust spicy flavour for a super tasty butternut soup you’ll love to tuck into.
Many cooks wonder, ‘Is cumin good on butternut squash?’ The answer is a definite yes.
Robertsons Ground Cumin spice adds heaps of exotic, earthy flavour that brings out the savoury notes of your dish, unlocking robust flavour. So don’t hesitate to include cumin in your stuffed butternut or roast vegetable soup recipes to enhance the beautiful flavours that butternut squash has to offer.
So, there you have it, the top spices to help you create memorable, mouth-watering spiced butternut dishes. Enhance the sweet, nutty notes of butternut and bring out rich, robust, exotic flavours by making sure you season your squash with Robertsons spices.