Pureed Maple Kabocha
What is this kabocha I speak of? It’s a Japanese pumpkin, and here’s what it looks like:
It looks almost just like a buttercup squash, and in fact I really have a hard time telling them apart. The international market here (K & S) always has a sign up that says buttercup squash, but they often have kabochas in the same bin. They are VERY similar. Heather wrote a post on how to tell them apart here. I think these particular ones are kabochas, but I’m never positive unless they have stickers on them. I LOVE when the stickers are on them.
So anyway, what do I do with a kabocha? My favorite way to eat these little babies is pureed. It’s a very thick (think mashed potato consistency), sweet, and creamy addition to any lunch, and you can even eat it for dessert. Here’s what to do:
Kristy’s Pureed Kabocha
Wash the skins of the kabochas really well because you’re going to eat them! Line a baking sheet/pan with foil, and roast them whole for 2-2 1/2 hours at 275 degrees.
Once your house smells good and the kabochas are nice and soft, cut them in half and scoop out the seeds and cut off the stems/butts. Slice each one into chunks and throw the chunks in the food processor.
Here’s what I add to the kabocha (1 whole kabocha) in the food processor:
- Soy milk – enough to make the processor puree the squash – just keep adding it if they squash chunks are staying solid
- Lots of nutmeg
- Lots of cinnamon
- ~1 tsp. vanilla
- ~1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 small banana
- 1 snack-size container of unsweetened applesauce (I think it’s 4oz.)
- Stevia/splenda/sweetener of choice – I use a lot because I like it SWEET
- …and the secret ingredient – Maple Extract! I use probably 2 tsp.
Puree until smooth, and keep adding liquid as you need it. You can use soy milk, other non-dairy milks, water, or anything else that’s wet! I like to eat it cold with almond butter on top for lunch.
You could thin it a bit and have a sweet soup, use it in a smoothie, or maybe even freeze it like ice cream (I’ll have to try that one.). Let me know if you like the maple!