Candied Butternut Squash Recipe — A crowd pleasing side dish for your Thanksgiving spread. Everyone always asks for seconds!
And a happy Monday to you.
I spent my weekend attending a concert ( and not Amy Schumer, dammit), watching Ina make a how simple was that!? smoked salmon crustini with a full on chorus line and floral arrangement, and getting back to that #pancakesunday grind.
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Oh, and crafting up one of the many Thanksgiving recipes before we all keep calm and gobble on in…
17 DAYS. Can someone please replace the last 12 weeks of this year, because I seem to have missed them. K Thanx.
Why is it that sweet potatoes always get the sugar-coated goody gumdrop spotlight? I mean, they’ve already got sweet built into their namesake, why do we feel the need to coat them in fifteen forms of sugar?
…And then top them with marshmallows. Face. Palm.
So I thought I’d give the spotlight to Butternut, or as it’s referred to on the streets, B-Money Squizz-ash. Minus a diabetic coma, pounds of butter, OR (sigh) marshmallows.
The two things you’ll need to successfully peel and chop a butternut squash without creating your own B-Rated slasher film is
A really sharp chef’s knife.
A good veggie peeler.
Or in the wise words of Ina Garten, precut and peeled is fine.
- 3 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons apple cider
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
- 14 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel and cube squash, and place into a large bowl.
- Add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, apple cider, maple syrup, and oil.
- Stir until fully combined.
- Transfer to a large cast iron skillet or baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, and toss with cranberries and pecans if using.
I’ll just try to ignore the fact that butternut squash gives me worse food babies than cabbage, and continue to torture myself by eating almost the entire recipe in less than a day. All in the name for good food folks.
Make it a great day!
What’s your favorite way to eat butternut squash?
What’s the best part about Thanksgiving?