Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Butternut Fries!


I was sure I would like them (I love almost anything when it's salted and roasted), but when it came to my husband I was sceptical. The recipe was one of the easiest things I ever made: peel and seed a butternut squash, slice into thin sticks, heat the oven to 425°, place 'fries' in one layer on a baking sheet layed out with baking paper, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, bake until golden for about 20 minutes, turning over halfway through. Voila. That's it. Easy-peasy!
When Ramon got home there was breaded fish frying in the pan and I had boiled, sliced beets marinating in a balsamic dressing. I pulled out the pan of butternut fries and he eyed them with suspicion (he is always very suspicious of vegetables and things he has never tried). "What are those?" Before I could answer he had one in his mouth. "Mmmmmmh!!!" He grabbed another, and another. "What is it? It's not yam...it's not potato..." "It's butternut squash," I said, beaming with pride. He loved them! 
We're having them again tonight. Let me tell you, these will be a mainstay in our diet. They fulfill the ideal criteria: simple, healthy, delicious. They have this yummy consistancy of sticky, chewy, velvety...and the taste is a perfect mix of subtly sweet and salty. They are truly addictive.
Try'em out and let me know what you think!

9 comments:

  1. YUM!!!!!!!!!! I will be looking for more great Autumn-ish recipes from you, Country Girl! I don't have many good ones, and since we are a little farther North this year, I expect to have a nice Autumn, for which I will need to serve nice Autumn Foods!

    Your photographs are BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. They sound delicious, and BEAUTIFUL! What a great recipe!

    Thanks Dawn!

    Molly

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  3. I love butternut squash in all forms! Yum! Glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed them! What vegetables does he not like? xxx

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  4. Great inspiration...fall is here and butternut squash my favorite also.
    Thank you for sharing this and yes, the photos are lovely.
    Can't wait to eat your cooking:)
    Yomom

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  5. Curious Cat, let's put it this way: If ever I would need to hide something from him, the perfect place would be the vegetable crisper! I don't think he's ever looked in there in his life...he may not even know it exists.
    His dream would be to live on a diet of meat, berries, avocados, raw milk, eggs, and bacon. Like a mountain man!

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  6. Oh, and to be fair, the photo at the top isn't mine. :)

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  7. ammmmmmmazing. i so want some of these right about now. thanks for all the kind comments, i appreciate you. have a lovely week.

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  8. Yummy!!! I am with you! Anything salty & roasted. I adore squash. These sound fabulous.

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  9. Yummy :) It is funny as I often make roast butternut squash, but I cut into wedges rather than fries so I will try the long skinny fries next time!

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