The first time I had Butternut Butter was sandwiched between two brown slices of bread at a conference around social inclusion in Edinburgh, oh that was maybe 6 - 8 years ago. And I remember being totally amazed that it was not dairy butter. Its something I have wanted to recreate for a while, and I don't know why but I never got round to making it, until recently when given a Butternut Squash by my mother.
The version I had all those years ago was just plain and simple. I wanted to give my homemade version a bit of an oomf . It was originally going to be with chilli or cayenne powder, but I changed my mind and added some smoked paprika.
D's been enjoying this saffron coloured Smoky Butter spread over the past few days for his lunch, namely its been spread on his tortilla wraps and then filled with salad leaves. Its hardly a recipe, but if you want to make it, you will need a Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped into cubes. Place on a baking tray coated with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and a teaspoon of smoked paprika and salt. Roast until tender. Then allow to cool, before blitzing in a food processor with 400g cooked chickpeas. You can if you so wish, forego the chickpeas, but I found without it the Butternut Squash although smoky, was still quite sweet. So its up to you how you like it and make it your own.
I am linking this simple recipe with Frugal Follies who is hosting Frugal Thursday; Diet, Desset and Dogs hosting Wellness Week 24 - 28th May 2012; and We Don't Eat Anything with a Face who is hosting Britain's Got Salad where she is calling on fellow bloggers to submit recipes raw and cooked salads, including dips.
Other dips and spreads you may enjoy.
Wild Garlic Hummus
Butter Bean Spreads - Sun dried Tomato and Parsley Or Basil
Spiced Carrot Dip
Or a good old fashioned Chickpea Hummus