I've been wanting to make something with butternut squash all winter long. Here's something I didn't know about this seasonal vegetable: it's a TON of work to cut up and prepare. However, these fries are totally worth it.
I used this graphic to help me out as I've never worked with this vegetable before, and it's super helpful. For this recipe though, you will want to cut the squash long ways instead of into the smaller sections. This helps set you up for the ideal long french fry shape.
This recipe is super simple, but I think these fries are more appealing than cubed or pureed. It's a great way to eat a healthy veggie, and, if you buy a big squash, makes a ton of fries.
I hope you enjoy these healthier fries! Recipe is below.
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1 large, long, butternut squash
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to taste
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Thyme, to taste
- Prepare your squash using the infographic above to guide you in stripping the peel. Cut the squash into long thin slices.
- On a aluminum-lined baking sheet, lay each slice of squash out evenly. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, and thyme over the olive oil-coated fries to your desired taste.
- Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until the edges of the fries are crisp and browned.
- Remove and serve with ketchup, or your favorite dipping sauce!
Fun idea: Make a french fry basket made with regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. You can season each the same and serve together. It's a great way to satisfy your french fry craving, while also getting a nice serving of vegetables.