Monday, October 26, 2009

Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

I love garlic and I love butternut squash but I had never thought about combining the two ingredients. I wanted a side for my grilled pork chops, but something healthier and lower in carbs than potatoes. Butternut squash is easily found in grocery stores all-year round with its peak season during fall through early winter. They are beige-colored and shaped like a vase with a bulbous end. The color has a deep-orange hue with a flavor that reminds me of a sweet potato. I was a little nervous about the sweet (squash) and savory (garlic) combination, but it paired well together! An easy, quick, and healthy way to prepare butternut squash!

The finished product:

2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3-1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine the parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Add squash and toss to coat.
3. Transfer to an ungreased shallow 2-qt. baking dish.
4. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until squash is just tender.
5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese after the dish is out of the oven.

Here is what a sliced butternut squash looks like...

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