This is the dish that's on the cover of our second cookbook!
The idea for a butternut squash steak came from our buddy Ryan Trimm, an awesome chef here in Memphis. I saw it in the description of a dish on a wine dinner menu being held a while back. He presented the grilled squash topped with a protein and compound butter.
Here we’ve seasoned the squash with Montreal Steak Seasoning, a bright, smoky, and slightly spicy seasoning blend that works really well here. For extra depth of flavor, we have added sliced, sautéed mushrooms before finishing the dish with a hearty spoonful of our Garlic Chimichurri.
Butternut Squash Steak + Smoked Garlic Chimichurri
For the steaks:
1 large butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided)
8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced)
For the Smoked Garlic Chimichurri:
2 cups loose-packed parsley
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
juice from 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
For the Montreal Steak Seasoning:
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
cayenne pepper (to taste)
First, select a large butternut squash that has a fat neck and a small bulb. You will get larger cuts from a squash that has this shape. Trim the stem end off and peel the squash using a serrated peeler. Cut the bulb-end of the squash off and reserve it for another use. Cut the neck into 4 equal pieces that are about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Preheat your outdoor grill to high. Drizzle the cut squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat. Season with a generous amount of Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides of the squash. Grill squash for 8 minutes per side or until well marked by the grill grates and squash is tender.
In a frying pan over high heat, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the mushrooms, and 1/2 teaspoon of the Montreal Steak Seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned. Assemble the dish by dividing the mushrooms among the squash steaks and topping them with a few spoonfuls of Smoked Garlic Chimichurri.
Montreal Steak Seasoning:
In a small bowl, mix one teaspoon each of smoked paprika, sweet paprika, granulated garlic, dried dill, ground coriander, cracked black pepper, and Kosher salt. Add cayenne pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to season the squash. Store leftover mix in an airtight container for up to one year.
For the Chimichurri:
Into the work bowl of your food processor, place the parsley, garlic, jalapeño, and lemon juice. Turn the processor on and drizzle the olive oil in. You want the sauce to be chunky, not completely smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use. Makes about a cup and is good on everything.