Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream

I really want to like spaghetti squash.  I haven't  been able to get a recipe that I actually enjoy eating it, until now!  It is an easy recipe to cook and the jalapeño cream sauce is a keeper even if you don't put it on spaghetti squash because really its just there as an excuse to eat the sauce ;).  I love the pepper flavor that you get in the infused milk.  I'm thinking of grilled fish, or Mac and cheese or any application that uses milk might just be amazing with the jalapeño milk.You get the heat but its tamed by the cream and it is accessible to all but the most timid of palates.  

Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream

1 spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)

2 cups milk

2 to 3 jalapeños, stemmed, seeded, and chopped

2 tablespoons butter, plus more for pans

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded jack cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Carefully poke several holes in skin of squash with a fork and microwave it on high 10 minutes. It can release a lot of water so make sure you have it on something.  Squash should be tender when pierced with a fork; if it isn't, microwave on high in 1-minute intervals until soft.  Let sit until cool.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm milk and jalapeños until bubbles form along the edge of the pan. Remove mixture from heat and let sit 15 minutes. Strain and discard jalapeños.

3. When squash is cool enough to handle, use a large spoon to scrape the strands out of the skin and into a large bowl.

4. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter. Whisk in flour and salt and cook, whisking, until flour smells cooked (like piecrust), about 3 minutes. Slowly pour in jalapeño-infused milk while whisking. Reduce heat to medium and continue whisking until mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour mixture over squash and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to a buttered 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with jack cheese and bake until bubbling and brown on top, about 30 minutes.


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