Fall and winter are the times to enjoy a variety and colors of squashes, rich and hearty in flavor. It’s amazing how different though an acorn and a spaghetti squash can taste! My favorite though it definitely butternut squash.
My mom made butternut squash frequently as a winter side, usually peeling the skin, cutting in half, scooping the seeds out, and boiling cut chunks in water, mashing them up similarly to mashed potatoes. Some butter (ghee and EVOO work too!), salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice… mmmm delicious! I also love swapping the sweet of the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for some truffle oil. Man, I can’t get enough of that stuff!
Some things, however, taste even better when the natural flavors of the vegetable can be brought out and know something tastes absolutely delicious without anything on it.
I thought this was an easier method of mashing my butternut squash than the way I just mentioned – this allows you to get a mashed squash without the peeing and cubing (though you still have to seed and scoop!)
Perhaps what I love most about this dish is how gorgeous the squash looks when it comes out of the oven. It is an absolute thing of beauty! Look at this char!
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 butternut squash
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the squash in half (long way) and scoop out the seeds. Brush the halves with the extra virgin olive oil, and place on a baking sheet face down.
- Allow to cook for 30 minutes, until the squash that is sided down begins to look golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes or so, and then scoop out the squash, discarding the skin.
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