Do you go savory or sweet when it comes to butternut squash? I am definitely the savory type. I like the buttery saltiness that comes from these fries. The natural sugars caramelize during the baking process and release the most wonderful flavors. They have a harder exterior which makes it more difficult to peel and slice but well worth the effort. Make a lot because they shrink when baked. It takes a little more time to get that crispy outer texture but it can be achieved. Since I’m in the minority when it comes to these vitamin enriched vegetables, I sometimes make a meal of butternut squash fries just for myself. No need for a fork, just dig in with your fingers and enjoy!
You can certainly use all of the squash but I have decided to cut the ends off to use for another recipe and make fries from the rest. The unused squash can be sealed in a zip lock bag and kept in the refrigerator for several days. It won’t turn brown like a potato will.
I’m a firm believer in softening my oven baked fries before going in the oven. I place the fries in a microwave safe bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Microwave on high covered for 2 minutes, shake the fries around and microwave an additional 2 minutes covered. They should be fork tender.
Sprinkle with the garlic pepper seasoning and drizzle with olive oil. Set them to bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes on one side. When you can visibly see them caramelized on the bottom side, turn them over to bake an additional 12 – 15 minutes.
1 medium Butternut Squash
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
Peel the butternut squash. Cut in two and remove the seeds. Cut squash into fries and place in a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Microwave covered on high 2 minutes. Shake the fries around and microwave an additional 2 minutes.
Place fries single file on a baking pan so they are not touching. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic pepper seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees 15 – 18 minutes. When the fries begin to brown and caramelize on the bottom, turn the fries over to bake an additional 12 – 15 minutes on the other side.
Taste and season with additional garlic pepper seasoning if desired.
Makes 2 servings.