Tis still the season of hearty sides! It's cold out. Warm up with this delicious butternut squash recipe. I know, I know. You've tried butternut squash and you hated it... but do me this one favor and give it another shot. This squash is dressed in orange juice, butter, garlic, and thyme with nutty flavor from toasted sesame seeds! Just slice, toss, and throw in the oven for 40 minutes while you whip up the rest of dinner or relax on the couch and bask in the warm smells that'll fill up your kitchen. Oh.. then eat up.
Orange Sesame Butternut Squash
- 1/2 stick unsalted kerrygold butter, melted
- juice of 2 oranges
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 large butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut crosswise into 1/2 inch thick slices
- cayenne pepper
- 5 cloves garlic, smashed
- 6 sprigs of thyme, torn in half
- koser salt & fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with foil.
Whisk together the melted butter, orange juice, sugar, and vinegar in a large bowl. Add squash, a pinch of cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper; toss to coat.
Divide the squash mixture and its liquid between the prepared baking sheets. Keep the squash in a single layer. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Roast, flipping the squash halfway through, until tender and caramelized. The sesame seeds should be lightly toasted. This should take roughly 40 minutes. (This squash can be made up to 4 hours ahead of time.) Serve at room temperature.
- recipe from Food Network Magazine
Butternut squash is filled with awesome vitamins & minerals to keep us running at our best! Don't forget about this tasty side.