Mashed Roasted Butternut Squash is a savoury side dish that is perfect for holiday feasts, and just as good for every day.
Sweet or Savory Mashed Butternut Squash?
Many of the recipes you'll find for butternut squash are sweet. They use maple syrup or brown sugar, and often, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. And those sweet butternut recipe variations are totally delicious in every way. However, if you want to make a savoury version for your Thanksgiving table, then this mashed roasted garlic butternut squash is perfect.
The Easiest Way to Prepare Butternut Squash
Roasting any vegetable brings out an elevated depth of flavour. Many recipes tell you to peel and cube the squash before roasting.
Peeling and cutting a raw squash can really be a pain, (in every way because it can be dangerous if you aren't careful). It's a lot of work and effort, so why do it? Instead, just pierce the squash in a few places, then put the whole squash in the oven and let it bake. When it's finished roasting, it will be very easy to slice, remove the seeds, and scoop the flesh off of the skin.
It does take a little longer to roast the squash whole, but you're saving time by skipping the peeling & chopping.
About Butternut Squash
Butternut is a winter squash that grows on a vine. Although it's technically a fruit, we tend to treat his squash mostly as a vegetable. You can roast, stuff, saute, fry it, grill it, and use it in soups and casseroles.
In Australia and New Zealand it is sometimes called a butternut pumpkin. And butternut is quite similar to a mild-tasting pumpkin. You can use butternut squash in place of pumpkin in most recipes.
Is Butternut Squash Good For You?
Butternut Squash is very nutritious. Not only is it low in calories and high in fibre. This squash has plenty of important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, E, and B vitamins. And the minerals, folate, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. In addition, it's also a good course of iron and calcium. Get more nutrition info on butternut squash here: Butternut Squash Nutritional Info
What to Serve With Mashed Butternut Squash
Mashed Roasted Butternut Squash is perfect alongside roast chicken, turkey, or pork. It's also delicious with scallops or salmon.
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Mashed Roasted Butternut Squash
- baking sheet
- mixing bowl
- potato masher
- 1 medium butternut squash 2 lb
- 1 head of garlic
- ½ tsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- ½ lemon juice of
- 1 tsp dried sage
- freshly ground pepper
Optional Fried Sage Garnish
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 12 sage leaves
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil
- Wash butternut squash, then pierce with a fork in several places
- Cut the top off the head of garlic to expose the cloves.
- drizzle the cloves with olive oil and wrap the head in foil
- Put the squash, and garlic, on the baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes in the center of the oven
- Remove garlic from oven, returning squash for 30 minutes longer, or until you can insert a knife easily at the thickest point
- Squeeze garlic cloves into a large bowl and mash with a fork.
- Remove squash from the oven, and slice in half, lengthwise
- Scoop out and discard the seeds
- Scoop the butternut flesh from the skin and add it to the bowl with the garlic
- Add butter, lemon juice, dried sage, salt & pepper
- With a potato masher, mash until blended and the consistency that you like
- Serve hot, with optional sage garnish
Optional Fried Sage Garnish
- In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high.
- add sage leaves to the hot oil in a single layer
- Fry for about 5 minutes, turning once, or until crisp
- Remove leaves to a paper towel-lined plate until ready to serve your butternut squash mash