Holiday Roasted Butternut Squash

Source: Cooking Matters

Serving size: Serves 6, 3/4 cup per serving

This recipe is delicious, affordable and kid-approved!

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds butternut squash
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or canola oil
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons maple syrup

Materials

sharp knife, cutting board, measuring cups, measuring spoons, large mixing bowl, baking sheet, small skillet, spoon, peeler

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Rinse and peel squash. Cut off ends and discard. Cut squash at the neck, creating a narrow end and a round end. Cut round end in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut both ends into ¾-inch, even-sized cubes.
3. Coarsely chop walnuts. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, add squash. Toss with oil, sage, salt and ground black pepper.
5. Spread squash evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until tender, about 35 minutes.
6. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter or heat oil. Add walnuts and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries and maple syrup.
7. Gently toss cooked squash with cranberry mixture.

Notes

To make flavors pop even more, stir in 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar along with the cranberry mixture.

You can use fresh sage instead of dried. Leave out dried sage in step 4. Roll 4 fresh sage leaves into a log shape and thinly slice. Cook fresh sage in butter or oil along with the walnuts in step 6.

Use pecans or hazelnuts in place of walnuts. Try using raisins or dried cherries for the cranberries.

More About Butternut Squash

How to Select

Choose a squash heavy for its size.

How to Store

Store in a cool, dark place for up to a month. Once cut, refrigerate unused portion.

How to Prepare

Add to stews and soups, steam and drizzle with olive oil, prepare in a curry, bake and stuff with apples, add cooked squash to a canned black beans with a dash of cinnamon and cumin, mash with yams, seasoned with ginger and cinnamon, or simply cube and roast.