I too was once an adamant hater of squash... Until I found the right recipes, and now they're a grocery staple. I have tried almost all of these recipes and promise that you CAN learn to love winter squash in at least one of them:
My personal favorite is Butternut squash soup, but you can make a soup out of any of them, really. For example, here's the recipe for Hubbard Squash soup. You can follow about the same procedure for all (except with spaghetti squash because that would be weird.) Sprinkled with green onions, some bacon, and parmesan cheese? The best fall comfort food you can easily afford. Makes great leftovers!
You can also bake them in the oven as fries! They end up tasting sort of like sweet potato fries and are great with fry sauce.
Or you can put them on pizza. (This recipe is just an example. When I make it I use normal pizza sauce, thin-sliced squash, caramelized onions, sausage, basil, and parmesan. Use your imagination!)
Or you could make a squash-alfredo sauce to put on pasta! (Which is SUPER DELICIOUS.)
Or you could make these delicious spaghetti squash and bacon fritters. They're totally going on my menu for the week...
Did you know you can also use butternuts for anything you would use pumpkin for? If you bake it in the oven you can mash it up and use it the same as you would pumpkin mash. You just flavor it with cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice. I actually think that "pumpkin" pie, made with butternuts, is BETTER. To cook your squash, just follow these basic instructions (sans salt-and-pepper.) I would imagine the other varieties would work too.
If you don't want to make anything with that mashed squash, you can eat it with some butter and gravy much like mashed potatoes. 10/10 would recommend.
Another thing I really like is pan-frying diced squash with salt, parmesan, olive oil (or butter), garlic, and some Italian herbs. Sometimes I throw some cauliflower in there as well. I like to eat these with some marinara sauce, or as a side for tomato soup. I suggest cutting off the skin, but you don't have to. This is the fastest recipe, so if your gourds are starting to go soft, it's a great way to use them.
Now, I completely understand if you want something that tastes like the furthest thing from squash. Don't panic! There are plenty of ways to transform your gourds into something not even recognizable:
Winter squash bread (Which tastes sort of like a more subtle pumpkin bread, in my opinion)
Winter squash rolls (I haven't made these, but they look good!)
Butternut Brownies (Sounds risky. I can't endorse yet, but ratings were favorable.)
Winter Squash waffles (Nothing tastes like itself when it's covered in maple syrup!)
If you want more ideas, you can just plug "winter squash recipes" into Pinterest (the greatest idea pool of our generation). Allrecipes is also a great source, I particularly like their feature where you can omit ingredients you don't want.
Good luck! Hopefully at least one of these ideas works for you.
Guesthouse (Who LOVES fall and all things squash)