Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Roasted Butternut Squash Fries


Yep, I'm roasting vegetables again.  It's just my favorite way with veggies.  I found this great idea on Pinterest (go figure) and decided to give it a try.  It's a recipe by This Southern Mom Cooks and it came just in time since I had two butternut squash left from my previous two CSA baskets.  I adapted the recipe just a tad to use all natural ingredients (the original calls for cooking spray) and voila, roasted butternutty goodness in the form of fries. 

This was a very simple recipe, just cut the squash into fries, toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast for 30 to 40 minutes.  The result is a tasty side dish that I'm sure will satisfy even picky eaters and is kinda fun to eat.  Not So Little Man looked at me when I put this on his plate and said, "Did you try to make squash look like french fries?"  I said "Yes, and you will love it" with a big smile, knowing that he hates squash.  It took him a little while to try them, but I had no complaints.  This is either because he liked them or because he has finally come to the realization that resistance is futile when it comes to vegetables in my house. 

Either way, these turned out great for dinner and on my salad as leftovers the next day.  I will definitely be keeping this recipe in my repertoire. 

Roasted Butternut Squash Fries
 Serves 4

1-2 lbs. Butternut Squash, cut into french fry shapes about 1/3" thick
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper

Place squash in a bowl, add oil and spices.  Toss all ingredients and place on a cookie sheet.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes, turning halfway through.  Enjoy!


Have you found a fun new way to prepare vegetables?


29 comments:

  1. "Resistance is futile...." Love it!

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  2. LOL! I love it! Still laughing about Not So Little Man's reaction!
    These look very yummy! Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

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  3. I'm so glad you posted this. I've wondered about fries with squash, but never got around to trying it. Now I see it can be done.

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  4. These look great!! And what a great potato alternative :)

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    1. I agree, I like to incorporate veggies with a little more nutritional punch than potatoes. :)

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  5. I love your son's reaction! That's awesome. My kids have learned that resistance in futile as well. ;) Roasted is hands-down the best way to prepare squash!

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  6. Wow these look great! You know I love to roast veggies, in fact my entry for the Meatless Mondays blog carnival I found you through was roasted potatoes :) but I never thought of making squash into "fries" this way. Im pinning this for sure and will make in the fall Thanks!

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    1. Thanks!! I'm starting to assume that I can roast just about anything. :)

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  7. I'm always on the lookout for recipes for my CSA produce and I think I'll be trying this one whenever we get some butternut squash. We've gotten so much zucchini and yellow squash this year that I've started baking...yellow squash muffins, zucchini carrot muffins, etc.

    Elizabeth@Warrior Wives
    www.thewarriorwives.com

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    1. I hear ya! I've had zucchini and yellow squash coming out of my ears! I'm going to have to shred and freeze all of it for muffins and chocolate zucchini bread later! :)

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  8. These look so good I can just smell them!

    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  9. I love butternut squash so I'm sure these will be delicious. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is a good idea. We do roast pumpkin but I have never tried to make fries with them.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Pumpkin huh? I'll have to try that, it sounds delicious! I recently discovered that you can substitute butternut squash for any recipe that calls for pumpkin. Totally changed my life! lol Butternut squash is usually cheaper than baking pumpkins and available more often! :)

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  11. These look absolutely yummy! I pinned them for my local food coop on the board I run for them. I'm also going to hunt down a butternut squash and try them myself.

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    1. You won't be disappointed! :) I'm looking forward to trying different flavors and spices!

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  12. Yummy stopping by from I Gota Try That

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  13. I made these a few months ago and was proud of myself for coming up with the idea. It is good to see others eating well with this wonderful non-fry.

    This is being featured at My Meatless Mondays. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  14. Look at all the comments you got on this post. I think that you found a winner of a recipe! We LOVE roasted veggies here too. I am going to have to try this. I am going to Pin this for sure!

    Tara @ Simply Made Home

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  15. Mmm, I LOVE roasting veggies - my favorite way to prepare them. Never tried it with squash though! Thanks for sharing this tip at Tiny Tip Tuesday! :)

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  16. These look great! Thanks so much for sharing with Delicious Dish Tuesday! I'm featuring this as my favorite for this week's Delicious Dish Tuesday! :)

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  17. Oh my word what an awesome & yummy idea!
    would love for you to come link up at http://www.mercyinkblog.com with our Heart&Home link party!
    happy fourth :)

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  18. Yum! These look delicious. I love butternut squash but haven't made them into fries yet. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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