Friday, November 13, 2009

A “New” Veggie To Roast

I can’t believe I have never cooked/baked/roasted/bought a butternut squash before. Hubby couldn’t believe it either… Anyway, the other day, I finally bought one.


Butternut Squash 01



At first, I was going to make some butternut squash soup - a soup I actually frequently order if it’s on the menu in a restaurant. And I also have a good friend who makes a very delicious butternut squash soup. But then my love for roasted veggies won, and I made butternut squash “fries” instead.


I started by peeling the squash, taking the seeds out, and cutting it into “fries.” Actually, many of the pieces looked nothing like fries… I then tossed the squash with just a bit of oil, salt, pepper, & freshly cut rosemary.


Butternut Squash 02


I baked the squash at 375 degrees for about 40 – 45 minutes, turning it a few times. After the squash “fries” were baking for about 30 minutes, I sprinkled a bit of Parmesan cheese on them.


And here are the finished “fries.” They were very good.


Butternut Squash 03


Question: What’s your favorite butternut squash recipe? And, you are still flossing, aren’t you?


Be well,

Andrea

50 comments:

  1. Those look delicious... Now I'm determined to cook butternut squash this year!

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  2. butternut is so good!

    I like roasting it in halves and then stuffing it with something.

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  3. I LOVE butternut squash!! I like to cut it into cubes, roast at 450°F, and sprinkle with cinnamon & DRENCH in coconut butter :)

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  4. I love love love butternut squash, and have one right now on my counter. Since peeling it is such a pain in the butt, I often will slice it in half legnth wise, scoop seeds, and roast face down on a cookie sheet lined with foil which has been sprayed. Then scoop out the yummy flesh for a mash, or for soup. My husband loves it with lots of black pepper. I never add sugar because if you pick it after the frost, it is naturally very sweet :) Enjoy your fries, and definitely make a soup soon!

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  5. Oh yum! Good idea for the pumpkin (what we call squash here)!! I love having roasting nice chunks of it when I do a roast chicken mmmmm :)

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  6. I just posted a gluten-free thanksgiving stuffing recipe with cubed butternut in it! I love roasted butternut, butternut soup, butternut in salads...I love it any way I can get it!

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  7. Andrea, you would be so proud of me, I have flossed three out of the past 5 nights!! That's crazy for me, it really is (I usually floss maybe once a month). I actually think it's helping, I just feel CLEANER!

    I have never purchased a butternut squash, similar to you, but I have cooked it in chunks at my parent's house (my mom always has a butternut squash lying around). Your fries look great! I think my favorite is butternut squash soup.

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  8. I bet those fries are delicious. Very pretty presentation on your artichoke platter...
    LL

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  9. I LOVE butternut squash! I never buy it...funny story, the first time I cooked with it I made butternut squash and pumpkin seed risotto (was delish!) BUT, I had such a hard time cutting it! I damaged a nerve in my finger hacking away and had no feeling in the tip of my finger for over a month. That was about 5 years ago and I've been scared ever since of buying one to cook, lol. Do you know if you can eat the skin? I eat skins on all other squashes, but never saw anyone eat butternut skin...hmmm..

    And yes, I am flossing frequently!

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  10. I've never had butternut squash. But that looks so yummy, I may have to attempt it this year. (I'm kind of putting off new things until after my vacation next week...)

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  11. I love butternut squash as fries and love kabocha steamed! both are really simple and yummy~~ :)

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  12. those look great! i have never bought a BN squash either. actually i just started liking squash about 2 years ago and haven't been very adventurous with it but i should be!

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  13. I tried a raw butternut squash soup recipe last summer and it was so good!

    I can't believe you've never had that! FRIES though! PERFECT

    yes...flossing! check

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  14. I didn't floss last night, oops.

    Congrats on making your first butternut! I LOVE butternut squash! I have a butternut squash and goat cheese fettuccine recipe I love. I also like it grilled up or as a soup. It's a favorite fall vegetable, for sure!

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  15. I love butternut squash fries! Why haven't I made them yet this season?!
    I don't know what it is about your fries but they always look amazing. Seriously. I'm thinking of this pic and the rosemary potato fries you did a while back. Gorgeous!

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  16. hmm I've made yukon potato fries and sweet potato fries before, but never butternut squash fries!

    These seem very healthy and tasty!

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  17. I love squashed. I usually have them roasted or in soups. Right now I'd prefer soups as the weather is a bit on the chilly side of things.

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  18. This is a recipe for butternut chips that I invented:
    http://kathycalculatesrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/01/spicy-butternut-chips.html

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  19. oh how i love butternut squash....and those fries look so good...browned to perfection. (AND I love the serving plate. Beautiful)

    I'm definitely going to try this recipe...and might add some chili pepper flakes when tossing them with the oil and seasoning, for a little kick....

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  20. i've never thought of using butternut squash for fries before, but i definitely will now.

    i love to roast it with other root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, etc.), but one of my favorite decadent ways to make it is to cut it in small cubes, pile it in a casserole dish with cubes of butter and lots of brown sugar and microwave if you can believe it. comes out soft and full of brown sugar-squash juice. it's amazing, i promise. not very healthy though ;)

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  21. Oh those look delicious! I've never roasted squash before but might have to give it a try soon!

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  22. Yum, yum and I need to buy one of these. I come close to buying it all the time, but never follow through.

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  23. I have a glut of butternut squash in my "root cellar" (really just the basement). I'll have to give these a try!

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  24. mmm that looks delicious! I made delicious butternut squash mashers with cinnamon, the recipe is on my blog...any way you cut it its delicious!!!

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  25. That looks amazing! I've never had it. At least I don't think I have.

    I really need to try it soon. Beautiful pictures as always!!

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  26. hmmm I think I just figured out what I'm going to do with the butternut squash on my counter! Love the idea of topping it with parm - I've been loving parm on steamed broc and cauli lately, I love the cheesy/saltiness of it!

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  27. Well, don't feel bad...I never cooked myself a butter nut squash...just had in restaurants, and once I had a butternut squash ravioli, was excellent :-)
    I like the way you prepared it, simple with parmesan, I should try it!

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  28. I've only been making butternut squash soup, I think it's time to make something new with it!

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  29. i pretty much make butternut squash the same way....so glad you liked it!

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  30. Your fries look amazing! I have a butternut just waiting to be cooked-I think some fries are in my near future:)

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  31. The "fries" look amazing. I love roasted butternut squash!

    P.S. I floss nearly every day.

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  32. I never seen this type of fruit or vege before..butternut squash? something new to me..

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  33. I love roasted butternut squash! I need to try making a soup someday.

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  34. These look amazing!! I have roasted butternut squash before with cinammon and a little maple syrup, but have never made them into fries. I must try this! I also really like using them for soup.

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  35. I love to make gnocchis out of it! Yours looks delicious!

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  36. yummm delicious butternut fries what a great alternative to regular potato fries!

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  37. these look DIVINE! butternut squash IS my fave squash - i especially love it mashed up with some brown sugar. simple and delicious!

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  38. I love, love, love b-nut fries! I bet the addition of parmesan was fantastic.

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  39. I tried to make butternut squash soup once following a simple recipe. It was a fail. Then I tried to roast my second one and I wasn't digging it either.

    Gonna give it a whirl again soon following some recipe. I really want to like it.

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  40. I too have not cooked any for a long time, the reason being I hate the peeling and cutting part! Don't mind having some of those delicious looking squash of yours:)

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  41. Andrea, this is great! I love butternut squash but have never made fries out of them. I usually puree for oatmeal, soups, or in roasts. Will definitely be doing this, sounds great for my little fingers at home!

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  42. i JUST discovered butternut squash fries last week -but i cheated - i bought them already cut up. i love your addition of rosemary - i just used salt and pepper. yum!

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  43. I LOVE bn squash fries! It's the only recipe I make with the squash so i'm definitely going to get some ideas from your comments!

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  44. I love the way it gets all caramelized in the oven. Makes the butternut squash even sweeter to enjoy.

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  45. Great idea with making fries with the butternut squash. Love the addition of ketchup(?) to those fries. :)

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  46. These fries look great! I'll have to pick up a butternut squash!

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