This recipe is in great demand from my friends and family. It tastes similar to sweet potato souffle, with a custard-like texture. Use with any meal that sweet potatoes seem to go with (for example, ham, pork, etc). Yum yum!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Put butternut squash in the microwave and cook on high, until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Cut in half, scoop out seeds and cube. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add squash and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash.

  • In a 9x13 inch casserole dish combine 3 cups mashed butternut squash, white sugar, milk, vanilla extract, salt, flour, eggs and 1/4 cup melted margarine.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until set.

  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed vanilla wafers, 1/2 cup melted margarine and brown sugar. Crumble over top of cooked casserole and return to oven to brown.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 48.7g 16% DV; fat 13.5g 21% DV; cholesterol 39.2mg 13% DV; sodium 192.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2004
I like this recipie, but made a few changes as suggested by others... Instead of microwaving and then boiling, I cut in half, scooped out seeds and baked in oven halved side down until soft. Blended in a blender to make smooth puree. Used a 1/2 C Splenda, added 1tsp Cinnamon and 1/2tsp Nutmeg. For a topping I used 1/4C brown sugar, 1/8C butter and 2C Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (as suggested by another to use cornflakes, I used what I had on hand and loved the result). Will definately make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/03/2011
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. WAY too sweet for my tastes and I used about 1/2 the sugar that this recipe called for. If you like yams with little marshmellows at thanksgiving you will like this recipe I however found it lacking. It badly needed a savory element. I ended up drowning in in goat cheese at the table but I would not make this again. There are too many other good ways to prepare butternut that allow the flavor to stand alone without drowning it in sugar. Read More
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554 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 425
  • 4 star values: 95
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2004
I like this recipie, but made a few changes as suggested by others... Instead of microwaving and then boiling, I cut in half, scooped out seeds and baked in oven halved side down until soft. Blended in a blender to make smooth puree. Used a 1/2 C Splenda, added 1tsp Cinnamon and 1/2tsp Nutmeg. For a topping I used 1/4C brown sugar, 1/8C butter and 2C Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (as suggested by another to use cornflakes, I used what I had on hand and loved the result). Will definately make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
I love butternut squash and this is a great recipe to get started with. I've made this recipe many times and have made many modifications. First of all, I like to roast the squash rather than boiling it. I just cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast it at 375 for 45 min-1 hour. It is easier to just scoop out the cooked sqaush than peel the skin off the little chunks. This does take longer, but in my opinion, it is much easier. I also add cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger which adds a nice flavor. The last thing that I change is that instead of the suggested topping, I use chopped pecans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
I am a newlywed and havne't done much cooking. I have prepared this for Thanksgiving ahead of time. I have never cooked butternut squash before so I didn't know that after you cook the squash that you are supposed to scoop the inside out of the "rind". I found that out after I mashed it up and it was still hard. I spent a good hour trying to pick the rind out of the mashed squash. It would be helpful if the reicpe mentioned that step for new cooks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2007
Big success! This is the first time I've ever cooked any kind of squash. I took other reviewers advice and roasted it cut in half meat side down. The skin peeled right off. I made the recipe "as is" with the exception of adding a little cinnamon ginger and oops I had it out but I forgot to add the brown sugar to the topping. Didn't matter though Everyone raved over it! I read the reviews and I'm so glad I didn't cut back on the sugar. I don't think I would have liked it so much without the full amount of sugar. It's like a pumpkin type of dessert or a Thanksgiving side dish but I served it on a normal weeknight and it was excellent! I definitely suggest that you try the recipe before cutting back unless you need to watch your sugar intake or for personal preferences. Thanks for a delicious recipe! UPDATE- I used the brown sugar in the topping this time and it was way too sweet. I'll make it again w/o the brown sugar in the topping like the first time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2007
With a few tweaks this was great! I split the butternut squash in two scooped out the seeds rubbed 1 tablespoon of butter on the insides and placed it cut side down on a cookie sheet. I baked it at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until it easily pierced with a knife. Then I scooped out the orange flesh (toss the skin) and mashed it with 1 1/2 cups of skim milk. I mixed it together with only 3 tablespoons of butter and all the other ingredients ( I added the beaten eggs last so they wouldn't cook in the mixing bowl.) I skipped the topping (it was yummy enough already). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
A splicing of many of the review-based mods caused this first attempt to use butternut squash a huge success. I cut in half scooped out seeds and baked in oven halved side down at 375 for 45 min-1 hour. Used a 1/2 C sugar added 1tsp Cinnamon and 1/2tsp Nutmeg. Used an 8x8 pan. For a topping I used 1/4C brown sugar 1/8C butter and 2C Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2008
Great recipe! I have already made it twice in the last 48 hours because my husband and I are eating it all! My husband was a professional chef and he proclaimed it fabulous. He was really impressed. It tastes even better cold. I just used brown sugar and butter for the topping and it carmalizes and is wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
This recipe is one of my family's favorites!!! I also add 1 cup chopped pecans to the topping. I was thrilled to find that this year Costco sells butternut squash (already removed from the rind and cubed) in their produce dept. This cuts the prep time way down. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2003
This recipe is good but a bit on the sweet side for me. The second time I made it I cut the sugar in half and used orange extract instead of vanilla...what an interesting flavorful dish THAT was! Highly recommend the orange extract. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/03/2011
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. WAY too sweet for my tastes and I used about 1/2 the sugar that this recipe called for. If you like yams with little marshmellows at thanksgiving you will like this recipe I however found it lacking. It badly needed a savory element. I ended up drowning in in goat cheese at the table but I would not make this again. There are too many other good ways to prepare butternut that allow the flavor to stand alone without drowning it in sugar. Read More
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