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Oven-roasted Squash with Garlic and Parsley

Very simple way to prepare butternut squash that lets the sweetness of the vegetable really come to the front. Taken from Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters.

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"Choose a favorite winter squash – butternut, acorn, kabocha, Hubbard – and peel and seed it. Cut into 1-inch chunks and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the chunks evenly on a baking sheet and roast at 375F for 40 minutes, until tender throughout and lightly browned, stirring occasionally with a spatula to prevent burning.

Peel and chop very fine a few cloves of garlic and sauté in olive oil for just a minute, being careful not to brown. Toss the squash with the garlic and a handful of chopped parsley, taste and adjust the seasoning, and serve."

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Sadly, this time around I put too much pepper in so that became the dominant taste but this is still my favorite way to have butternut squash.

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Looks totally delicious!
(I heart butternuts)

Oh man do those ever look so killer. I adore butternut squash. Very nice.

Thanks for reminding me of winter squash. Sometimes I forget some of the foods I love until I see a photo and this photo is mouth watering.
Sometimes I also add some butter and a little brown sugar, but other times, like this, I just want the pure taste of the squash.

and meanwhile, I think I'll be adding a little butter and brown sugar next time to see what that tastes like. :)

This looks scrumptious! I LOVE all squashes...especially roasted.

I only know butternut squash. Which others would you recommend if I like butternut?

Acorn - I love it halved, baked a little, then broiled with butter and brown sugar.

Spaghetti - roasted then scoop out the "spaghetti" and mix with olive oil, roasted garlic and sun dried tomatoes.

Thanks...I'll look for these next time :)

I've made roasted butternut squash with fresh sage....it doesn't overpower the sweetness but it does round out the flavors nicely. And it smells terrific too!

I love the smell of sage...I'll make a note of this to try too. Thanks!

mmmmm that looks good. Thanks, I've been looking for more squash recipes.

The one I usually use - and is delicious - is below, reprinted from epicurious.com:

Baked Acorn Squash

Cut 1 acorn squash in half. Scoop out seeds. Put 1 teaspoon of butter in the center of each half, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, ginger, and nutmeg. Place both squash halves in a pan with 1/4 inch water and bake at 350°F for one hour.

Serves 2.

I should really explore the other kinds of squashes. I didn't think I liked squash until I had butternut squash at a friend's house and now it's my default winter squash. Is the water in the bottom of the pan? Or placed in the center where you scooped the seeds out? Once done, do you eat by just scooping out the squash from the shell?

Yeah, I've been loving the squash this year for some reason.

Put the water in the pan, not the squash. And I usually just put the whole squash on the plate and scoop out from the shell but you could scoop it out and put it in a bowl. I kind of use the shell as a bowl anyways, and mash it all up so the spices distribute. I also often use more butter ;-)

That (and everything else in your journal) looks delicious. Just wanted to let you know I added you.. You have great posts, both recipe/food and the pictures. :)

Why thank you! Please do let me know if you try any of the recipes out :)

I tried making sweet potato/yam fries last weekend. The recipe I used said to bake at 425' for an HOUR. These are fry-sized! Wow. No wonder they didn't turn out too well.....

That's not necessarily too far off for the time. What didn't you like about your batch? How thick were your fries? I haven't tried making them with sweet potatoes, but I've made regular wedge fries many times and those do well with at least an hour...maybe even another 10-15 minutes to really crisp up the outside. Maybe next time try taking them out of the oven sooner or just check on their progress every 10 minutes to keep them from burning or try reducing the temperature a little. Sweet Potato Fries sound yummy.

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