• 1 medium to large butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil
  • sea salt to taste

Today I wanted to share with you an easy recipe with butternut squash: oven fries. It is a delicious side dish and a staple in my home. This butternut squash recipe tastes a bit like sweet potatoes – but without all the starch. Here is how you make the oven fries.

Turn the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the butternut squash into half-inch disks. Tip: when choosing the butternut squash, opt for those that have a fat neck as it will yield more fries.  Once you’ve cut your disks, chop off the skin.

Cut the peel of the squash

Cut each disk into strips.

Cut squash into strips

Cut each strip into cubes. Note: cutting them into small cubes gives them more surface area and will yield crispier fries than leaving them in strips.

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Place the cubes on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place the squash cubes on a baking sheet

Spread them on the sheet evenly, creating one layer of squash. Drizzle with a bit of oil (just enough for a light coating – otherwise it can be greasy) and sprinkle a bit of salt. If you have coarse salt (the kind you can grind), that works even better with this recipe.

Butternut squash on a baking sheet

Cook the butternut squash for 50-60 minutes. When the tips start to brown, flip. After flipping, cook for another 10 minutes. Serve it hot.

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We accidentally discovered our favorite way of eating the butternut squash fries: with pesto and some grated Parmesan cheese on top. The pesto and the Parmesan cheese balance the sweet flavors of the butternut squash oven fries, making it a perfect combination.

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