Best of Season
Apples are available year round but peak season is from September to November. Look for firm well-colored apples with a fresh aroma. The skin should be free of gouges and bruises. We used Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples when preparing this dish but feel free to use your favorite cooking apple when preparing this tasty stew.
Butternut squash is a winter squash with a hard thick skin. Since the deep yellow- to orange-colored flesh is firmer than that of summer squash, it requires a longer cooking time. Winter squash is at its peak from early fall through winter. Choose squash that is heavy for its size with a deeply colored peel free of spots and blemishes. You will need about half of a medium squash to get the 2 cups cubed squash needed to make this recipe.