Maple Pecan Butternut Squash


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Winter squashes are, to me, the hen of the vegetable world. They’ve acquired a pleasant taste however are a principally clean slate that’s scrumptious with completely different seasonings and preparations. They are often candy, savory, or spicy. They are often diced and roasted, added to soups and pureed, and baked into desserts. As an added bonus, you may even eat the seeds!

This maple pecan butternut squash recipe was born out of a want for a savory/candy combine. It’s straightforward and scrumptious. It really works nice as a aspect for dinner, however I desire it for breakfast on chilly winter mornings!

Roasting Winter Squash

The commonest varieties of winter squash are acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. I like cushaw squash, but it surely’s a bit tougher to search out. The entire winter squashes are nice roasted.

Generally, particularly when utilizing a extremely giant squash, I peel and cube them earlier than roasting. In addition they cook dinner quicker in the event that they’re chopped up, so if I do know I’m going to be busy round time for supper, I perform a little prep work earlier within the day. I’ll chop them up after which season and roast them whereas I’m engaged on the remainder of dinner.

I typically minimize the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast them with the pores and skin on. Scooping out the flesh after they’re cooked is a lot simpler than peeling and chopping beforehand.

The obvious selection for roasting is the oven, after all, however lately I’ve loved utilizing my multi-function air fryer for it. I particularly like utilizing this methodology once I’m roasting the squash for breakfast or when the remainder of the meal will likely be made on the range. No sense in turning on the oven if I don’t have to.

Candy and Savory Maple Pecan Butternut Squash

To make this squash, I exploit the cut-in-half-and-roast methodology. First, bake it the wrong way up in a baking dish with a bit water in it. Whereas it’s cooking, combine collectively chopped dates and pecans in a single bowl and maple syrup and melted butter in one other.

Subsequent, flip the squash over, fill it, and brush it with the syrup/butter sauce and cook dinner it some extra.

Lastly, brush it with the remainder of the syrup/butter sauce and cook dinner it till it’s good and delicate. Serve and luxuriate in.

There are directions for the cube and roast methodology within the notes beneath the recipe. Additionally, be at liberty to combine up the dried fruit to fit your preferences. I’m certain it will be equally scrumptious with dried cranberries or raisins.

Extra Tasty Winter Squash Recipes

I’ve made winter squashes in quite a lot of other ways through the years. Listed below are a few of our favorites:

Maple Pecan Butternut Squash Recipe

Katie Wells

A butternut squash halved, full of dates and pecans, and brushed with maple syrup and butter is a scrumptious breakfast or aspect dish.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 55 minutes

Whole Time 1 hr 10 minutes

Course Breakfast, Aspect Dish

Delicacies American

Elements  

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 TBSP butter (or coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • ¾ cup dates (or dried cranberries or cherries)
  • ¼ tsp salt

Directions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  • Reduce the butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop the seeds out with a spoon.

  • Place the squash halves facedown in a shallow baking dish.

  • Add about an inch of water and bake within the preheated oven for half-hour.

  • Whereas the squash is cooking, soften the butter or coconut oil in a small bowl.

  • Whisk within the maple syrup and put aside.

  • Chop the pecans and dates into equal-sized items.

  • Mix them in one other bowl and put aside.

  • When the half-hour is up take away the squash from the oven.

  • Take away it from the baking dish and pour out any remaining water.

  • Return the squash to the baking dish face up.

  • Brush generously with half of the butter/maple sauce and sprinkle with salt.

  • Return to the oven and bake for a further quarter-hour.

  • Stuff the middle cavity of the squash with the pecan/date combination.

  • Drizzle with the remaining butter/syrup sauce and return to the oven for 10 extra minutes.

  • Take away and luxuriate in.

Notes

For a quicker cook dinner time, peel and cube the squash moderately than cooking it entire. Roast till virtually delicate, toss with the butter/syrup combination and the chopped pecans and dates, and proceed roasting till delicate.

What’s your favourite winter squash recipe? Have you ever tried maple pecan butternut squash earlier than? 

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