It’s “Tasty Tuesday”…while I know that butternut squash is not a spring vegetable and usually you only find it in the fall, in today’s day and age, seems like you can find anything anytime. I was shopping in my local Costco and I noticed they had precut butternut squash, my initial thought was it’s out of season but when I picked up the package, it looked so fresh I just had to buy it.
I usually roast my butternut squash, even if i’m making a soup out of it as roasting them brings in a whole new element to any dish. When I roast my butternut squash, I usually toss my butternut squash in some olive oil, then I put it on a baking pan add brown sugar, salt and pepper and I bake it in a 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. It comes out amazing!!!
I thought to myself, is there another option? So I searched the web and found a recipe I believe belongs to Ina Garten, although the recipe I got only had the measurements and not the actual instructions. I knew I had two options, I could look up her butternut squash recipe to confirm the ingredients and how to make it or I could take the measurements and create it the way I thought would work. If any of you know her recipe or want to look it up, I’d welcome your feedback.
The biggest difference is is that she uses melted butter instead of olive oil. I know this small change of butter instead of oil would add a lot of flavor and calories but I was up to the challenge. It’s a very rich dish and very easy to make.
I melted my butter with my brown sugar and salt/black pepper
I then placed my cut butternut squash on a baking dish
Coated the butternut squash with the melted butter/brown sugar mixture
I placed it in my 400 degree oven and baked it for about 20 minutes before I tossed my butternut squash
I tossed my butternut squash and cooked it again for 20-25 minutes
I poked my butternut squash and they were cooked all the way through but I still wanted more of that caramelization so I put on my broiler and stuck my butternut squash in for an additional 4-5 minutes (sorry for the blurry photo)
here is one of the butternut squash in a bowl
and here it is plated with my Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Mushrooms
I will say that while I really enjoyed the butternut squash cooked with the melted butter, they were very rich. I personally think I enjoy them my way. I will do them that way next time so you too can compare.
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