Build Me Up, Buttercup

by Sarah on November 23, 2010 · 4 comments

For full enjoyment of this post, please listen to this.
And get your back-up singers and jazz hands ready.
[Cue: Intro Music]
Why do you build me up?
Buttercup, baby…
Just to let me down
(Let me down)
And make a mess all around?
And then worst of all (worst of all)
Y’don’t taste like peanut butter like they say you will (say you will)But I love you still!

I need you (I need you)
More than any squash, baby
I wish you’d drive my Mario Kart…I blew you up (blew you up)Buttercup
And then I broke you apart…[Cue: Applause]
So, what to do with all of that incredibly sweet and delicious buttercup squash? Well…since my plans of stuffing it were foiled by it blowing up in my oven [I really have got to stop blowing up squash in my oven…] I decided to make risotto!

OK, we should probably call it riso-faux, because I don’t actually use rice when I make it. Why deal with rice that I have inexplicable difficulties cooking every time I try (except for that time I made paella…that was awesome), when I can substitute with something that is 100 times easier to make into creamy goodness, without the constant stirring or potentially for permanent crunch?*

*What happened the time I tried to make brown rice risotto three years ago. I’ve never tried again.

My secret riso-faux weapon? Bulgur!

[You can also call this whole grain bulghur-which I, ironically,* don’t prefer, despite my insistence that Sarah is spelled incorrectly when without an h.]

*Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? [Or is it? I can never tell when true irony has occurred.]

Instead of wine, I simply put 1 cup of vegetable broth in a saute pan with an additional 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of dry bulgur. [Also a dash of salt and a generous sprinkling of dried thyme.]Once it started to thicken up, and the water/liquid was almost all absorbed or evaporated, I threw in some dried cranberries.

Why, you ask?

Well….why not?

I had some kale in the fridge, so I went ahead and finely chopped up a cup of that, which I stirred in along with 1 cup of mashed buttercup squash.Just as all the liquid was absorbed but the bulgur was super-creamy, I took a tip from my friend Teddy and stirred in a little Greek yogurt.Sorry that I don’t have pictures of the process…but I have pictures of the AMAZING result!So beautiful…and so richly decadent! You definitely can’t tell there isn’t any cream or cheese in there.I let no morsel escape.Seriously. Make this. You can use any type of squash, really…I bet acorn or butternut would be yumtastic…or pumpkin! [I think I’m going with sweet potato next…]

Buttercup Squash Bulgur Risotto
(Serves 2)

1/2 cup bulgur wheat
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
2-3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
1 cup roasted, mashed buttercup squash
1 cup finely chopped kale
1 1/2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
dried thyme, salt, pepper

1. In a saute pan, combine bulgur, broth, and water. Add thyme, salt, and pepper to your taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, or until most water has been absorbed.
2. Stir in dried cranberries. Simmer 2-3 more minutes.
3. Stir in mashed buttercup squash and kale. Remove from heat, but keep stirring to wilt kale.
4. Just prior to serving, stir in yogurt.
5. Garnish with finely diced kale or fresh thyme springs.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free November 23, 2010 at 7:54 am

HA!!! HIlarious!!1 I love this 😉


Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life November 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

oh my gosh, instead of turning lemons into lemonade, we should now say turning a blown up squash into some amazing looking risotto! (…although it doesn't quite have the same ring, does it?)



Maria @ Oh Healthy Day November 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

Was bobbing my head along to your blog. I think that might be a first.

The Mario line – to die for.


Missy November 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm

You know how people write LOL without really laughing out loud? (I do it, too)

But this? you? LOL and I mean it! Thank you.


I may not thank you two days from now when that song is still stuck in my head.

(In my head…in my head….zombie…
There. We're even.



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