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!