Sadly, our newly-discovered and favourite farmer’s market has closed for the season. I’m already looking forward to next year’s spring selection! One of the things I like most about this market is that everything they sell (including honey and sweet treats) is grown or prepared close to the market. Now that’s fresh!
I had one last vegetable from our local market–butternut squash. I had done soup just last week, so I wasn’t ready for that just yet. I ended up landing on roasted butternut squash as a side dish! I love roasted vegetables. There’s something fantastic about the caramelization and the scent it leaves in the house. Mmmm.
I tried this recipe with the same ingredients one other time, but it didn’t turn out quite like I was hoping. I had cut the squash down the middle and roasted the two halves with the skin on, just like I do when I prepare it for squash soup. Although this seemed easier (because it’s easier to peel a roasted squash), it didn’t work very well since a lot of the squash didn’t get coated with the seasoning. For the second attempt, I peeled the squash raw, seeded it and then cut it into equal size pieces. I then coated and roasted the squash on a baking sheet. This time, all the squash cooked evenly and it was nicely seasoned throughout.
Squash isn’t a vegetable I normally consider as a side, but it does work very nicely with many dishes. I’ll make this one again for sure. So, roast up a great side dish… and eat well, friends!
- 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lbs)
- 2 tbs olive oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs pure maple syrup
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 ºF.
- Peel and seed the squash.
- Cut the squash into equal size pieces.
- In a large bowl, mix the squash pieces with olive oil, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt and pepper until the squash is evenly coated.
- Place the squash pieces on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet in one even layer.
- Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and let bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the squash pieces to a serving dish.
- Serve hot and enjoy!