Except that by Nothing, I definitely mean something good.
The name for this dish is a side effect of asking a 2-year-old what he thinks a new dish should be called.
I guess it shows that Angstrom has a sense of humor, though, because the second time I made it, he laughed every time I told him that I was putting Nothing in the oven and giving him Nothing on a plate. Rory suggested I ought to give this dish a different name, but I sort of agree with Angstrom: Nothing is a funny name for something to be called.
- 1 butternut squash or 2 acorn squashes, halved and seeds scooped out
- 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp ginger
- 2 dashes nutmeg
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Place squash cut side down in a casserole dish. Add about 1/2 inch water. Bake for an hour.
- Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar with flour, oats, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, and one dash nutmeg to make streusel topping.
- Let squash cool, then scoop out of its skin with a spoon. It should come out pretty much mashed. Combine in a mixing bowl with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1 dash nutmeg.
- Stir cranberries into squash mixture, then spread into casserole dish. Top with pecan halves and streusel topping. Bake in 375 F oven for 30-45 minutes and serve. Invite toddlers to your table so that you get a big laugh when you make a big deal out of serving Nothing for dessert.