November 5, 2009

sticky scrumtrulescence

If I start listing off ingredients like maple syrup, cinnamon, and butter, what probably first pops into your mind is pancakes. (Mmm. Pancakes.) That's the case with me, anyway. Those three components could clearly contribute great things to any number of dishes, am I right? This time, I chose to use their magic on butternut squarsh.


Yes, squarsh.

Process:
1) Wash, peel, deseed, destring-ify, and dice. The peeling is by far the most difficult part, and it's not that bad. Think of it as a pre-treat workout. Here's a quick tutorial.
2) Evenly coat the diced squarsh with a blessed mixture of melted butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and pepper to taste.
3) Roast at 350F or so for around 30 minutes, or until the goodies are fork-tender.


What a treat this is. Would I rather have pancakes? Maybe. Probably. The point is, if you haven't tried this slimy, satisfying, and yes, scrumtrulescent squash preparation, you must do so posthaste! Posthaste, I say!

58 comments:

Dolce said...

I am so bad at peeling squash that most of the time I will buy it peeled and diced... But I can work on the melted butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon mix over it!

Dawn said...

Squarrrsh!!! Mmmmm this is my fav veggie. and yes I make lots of sweet slime too. and with the leftovers I make butternut gnocchi.
your comment on my blog: I love to deep fry my kitten tenders on one day then serve them up for the rest of the week. I am so stressed for time these days.

Hungry Dog said...

Yum. I love butternut squash. Slather it in butter and syrup, sure, why not. Sounds delicious.

LilSis said...

We've never been big squash eaters in my house, but you sure make this look tempting! I'm sure my son would love it considering it's covered in sweet slime!

George Gaston said...

Grace, sometimes it's the simpler things in life that taste so good. You have just posted one of those things. Bravo!

Pam said...

Adding cinnamon is a great idea! I love squash with maple syrup.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mighty scrumptious!!!

Cheers,

Rosa

Cheryl said...

Dude I have a squarsh on my counter and I am adding chopped pecans! Great idea!

Barbara said...

Absolutely perfect, Grace. Maple syrup and cinnamon are just right to team up with squash. My grandmother used to dump maple syrup in acorn squash and bake it. Delish! But I think roasting brings out more flavor and cinnamon would add a little touch of spice. Will try this one next week.

oneordinaryday said...

Okay, Grace, you aren't doing your squash any favors by calling it names! Slimy just isn't a good word to use in the kitchen. LOL

Lynda said...

Major Yummy! I LOVE butternut squash and this simple dish is just perfect... no other food needed- I can make a meal out of this maple and cinnamon adorned squash!

Ingrid said...

LOL, okay, okay!
~ingrid

Gloria said...

Look REALLY delicious! love it!! gloria

pigpigscorner said...

awesome shot! Love everything about this!

Melanie said...

Posthaste. Who says that? That's why I love you. I declare to use that word at least five times in normal conversation today (my five-year old won't know what I'm talking about). And I also declare to make this squash. Yum.

Mimi said...

I love roasted butternut squash, olive oil salt and pepper, roasted until it caramelizes, yum. Maple syrup and cinnamon would make it... dessert, double yum.
Mimi

Faith said...

This sounds absolutely divine. I bet it would be great with Thanksgiving dinner, instead of my normal candied yams!

kat said...

All those things sound like they'd be perfect with butternut squash!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe if you named those three ingredients I think the first thing I'd think of is you Grace! :D

Lynn said...

Mmmmm mmmmm. I'll bet this would work on the pumpkins I am trying to eat up, too. Thank you!

lisa said...

That is a very good thing to do to squash! Sounds very scrumtrulicious.

Pam said...

Sweet slime is good. Very good.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is southern for sure!
Yum-my~

Cate O'Malley said...

Oh yum! My mom used to roast squash and cover it with brown sugar for us when we were growing up ... a delicious food memory I need to recreate.

shaz said...

Love visiting you Grace, I always learn a new word. I shall attempt to use "scrumtrulescence" in a sentence today (if I work out how to pronounce it). I use my super strong vege peeler on squash - too scared my knife will slip.

Chef Fresco said...

Hehe squarsh. It certainly is a workout getting those suckers ready to cook, but so worth it!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Yum and thanks for the prepping demo.

Kerstin said...

I love squash but haven't tried it prepared sweetly yet, I'll definitely have to do so soon because it sounds awesome with all that butter and maple syrup!

Emily said...

You should make butternut squash pancakes! Mmm. Do it do it do it do it.

I love butternut squash.

Jessica Lee Binder said...

Perfect. I love butternut squash and of course I expect yours to have cinnamon.

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds like a terrific yummy butternut squash preparation! I like to get my squash at Wegmans prepped already, so much easier :)

Bridgett said...

Another stellar recipe coming from you, Grace! This would be perfect to try on the family this Fall. Wish me luck.

Sophie said...

Squash with maple syrup is too sweet for me,..

hannah | honey & jam said...

that looks delicious!

Albany Jane said...

Too sweet for my tooth. Butternut squash is one of those foods that I think should be more savory, but is just so sweet. Maybe I should just learn to accept it as it is. Heh heh. But I know the men-folk in my life would run circles to eat this dish. (And really, when has anyone gone wrong with maple syrup, butter, and cinnamon? I'm pretty sure the answer is NEVER)

Marjie said...

Syrup, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar and chopped walnuts make butternut squash soooo perfect!

Danielle said...

I'm so glad that I grew up enough to love squarsh...cuz I wasn't born that way. This looks soo good....gotta love the slime. Pour on the slime!!

Nicisme said...

I adore butternut squash! I wonder if you could mash the squash and add it to the pancake mixture, I might try that!!

PS.I think you are as mad on cinnamon, as I am on chillies!

Baking Monster said...

Yum! The squash is rather abundant right now so this recipe will come in handy!

Robin Sue said...

Nope I would rather have this deliciuos looking squash you have made over pancakes! I have been a squash hound as of late.

Deborah said...

Now I'm hungry!

Fresh Mommy said...

Mmmmm, syrup, butter and cinnamon... the best way to eat a vegetable I think!!! :)

noble pig said...

This was also a lesson in the pronunciation of many words, HA! All sounds delish Miss Grace.

Cucinista said...

Squarsh; scrumtulescence; I have half a mind to start supercalifragelistic...

Cheri said...

Yum! Yum! Yum! I say! ;) I have not been able to find squash at my local markets as of late. I know they are out there hiding somewhere I just have been unable to find them. If I do, I am going to try this! Who wouldn't love slime? :)

Maria said...

I can't get enough fall squash! Love this!

Karly said...

I'll bet I can even get my kids and husband to eat this! They generally steer clear of "weird" vegetables (for example, anything that is not corn or broccoli), but this might just win them over!

The Blonde Duck said...

Real spiderwebs are not cute, but icing ones are quite tasty!

Abby said...

I have one on the counter right now taunting me. This would be a good way to use it!

Hornsfan said...

Interesting - I'm waiting on butternut squash to ripen in mom's garden...hopefully soon :)

Heather said...

that is the yummiest slime i've ever seen :)

Juliana said...

Oh! What a simple way to cook squash, I have to try it, looks delicious...

Sylvia said...

I hate peel squash I am so bad at it. But , I love squash and love the way that you cook it, looks delicious

Lisa said...

Oh yes, that would have to taste wonderful! One of the best things about fall is squash in all its glorious variety.

Jeff said...

Plus with squash you can roast the seeds for snacks! Nicely done and love it!

foodhoe said...

that sounds so good! I just roasted some delicata and wish that I had used something sweet... it was missing an essential flavor, and I think that's it!

Lori said...

My Mother used to take acorn squash put a pat of butter in one half, a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and then roast them in the oven. Oh I loved them.

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