Thursday, August 29, 2013

Caramelized Butternut Squash

 
Fall is right around the corner. This means that Butternut Squash will become plentiful soon. I bought a Butternut Squash at the store today. Instead of cutting it in half and roasting the squash like I normally do, I decided to try something else. I chopped the squash and then baked it in some brown sugar, butter and flax seed.
The sugar and butter caramelized during the baking process and the results were amazing! I will switch over to this way of preparing butternut squash! As for the flax seed...I try to incorporate it when I can in cooking and baking to boost up the fiber and add some omega-3's.
 
Caramelized Butternut Squash
Serves 3-4
 
Ingredients
 

1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons flax seed or ground flax seed(optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut off the ends of the butternut squash. Peel the squash, cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Cut the squash into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch cubes and place them in a casserole dish. 
  3. Add the melted butter and brown sugar. Toss all the ingredients together and spread in a single layer in the casserole dish. 
  4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the squash is tender. While baking turn the squash every 15 minutes or so to incorporate the caramelized sugar onto the squash.