Butternut squash. When it comes to food, this gem is one I look forward to each fall. As a kid, I grew up with winter squash on my dinner plate and perhaps that is why I love them so? Just in case, I am certain to include them (along with a variety of other fruits and vegetables) on our own dinner table to encourage my two boys to give them a go. I remember my mom would serve several types of winter squash with an incredibly kid-friendly flavor duo: butter and maple syrup! Hello, YUM! Whether she was serving mashed butternut, acorn, or spaghetti squash, this pair would join it’s side.
Today, I offer similar flavor offerings, though while my kids are still only ages one and two years, I do the majority of seasoning for them. One of their favorites as of late is Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Bites. All it takes to prepare is a 1, 2, 3 punch! (Wash) Peel, Dice, and Roast.
But before I dive into the recipe, let’s talk about the HOW-TO when it comes to preparing that cumbersome squash!
Squash prepped? Check. All that’s left is to add your family’s preferred flavor mix, whether that is more of a spicy mashup of chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder, a sweet combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of brown sugar, or the classic olive oil, salt and pepper. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed! Here is our family’s favorite, hope you enjoy it as much as we have!’
Yield: About 5-(1/2 cup) servings
1 medium butternut squash
1 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3/4 tsp kosher salt (or other coarse salt)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place butternut squash onto a large rimmed baking sheet, preferably your darkest option.
Add the oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, ground pepper, and salt. Toss directly in the pan with the goal of coating each piece. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast for 30 minutes. You will know they are done when the edges begin to turn a beautiful golden brown, crisping up just enough.
Tip: Keep an eye on the squash, depending on your oven, you may wish to stir them after about 20 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!