Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and cooking inspiration in the fall absolutely finds itself deriving from pumpkins, gourds, and squashes.
I love this recipe because it is an easy way to cook up a butternut squash. Maybe you were planning on making butternut squash soup, but never got around to doing it? Well, this recipe is for you!
In under 15 minutes, you can have these sweet butternut squash fries in the oven. Butternut squash fries taste a lot like sweet potato fries. However, the squash has a lower carbohydrate content while still rich in many of the same vitamins like vitamin A, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C. Whether you choose to use sweet potatoes or butternut squash in this recipe, the result will be delicious.
Serve this as a yummy appetizer or snack.
1 butternut squash
2 T. olive oil
3 pinches of coarse sea salt
2 T. honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut butternut squash in half horizontally to separate the neck from the spherical bottom. Cut the bottom in half again down the middle.
3. Using a paring knife or sharp peeler, skin the squash.
4. Cut the neck-half of the squash horizontally into thick round slices.
5. Using a crinkle cutter, chop the thick round slices into fry shaped rectangles. Cut the round bottom half into strips with the crinkle cutter. Shape however you would like.
6. Pour olive oil on a baking sheet, and toss the squash fries on the baking sheet until lightly coated. Sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt over the squash.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through baking.
8. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.
I hope you enjoy making this recipe at home. Happy cooking!
Madeleine is a senior at James Madison University, studying to be a registered dietitian. She loves exploring recipes with fresh and nutritious ingredients. As a native to the Shenandoah Valley, she passionately supports the local food economy in Harrisonburg.