You may not realize that knowing how to cook Butternut Squash can give you a simple and yet tasty side dish. The recipe uses super simple instruction and several ingredients, but the end result can be amazing. It is because you are going to roast the cubes – which would be responsible for the caramelized and natural sweetness of the dish. The reason why you should cut the squash in cubes is to caramelize them evenly instead of roasting the whole thing.
3 lb of butternut squash – it is similar to 6 cups of cubes, provided that you buy the already cut ones
3 tablespoons of olive oil
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
The first thing on how to cook Butternut Squash, you need to preheat the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On the meantime, you also need to line the baking sheet by using a parchment paper.
Peel the butternut squash. Cut it to one inch of cubes
Place the cubes in a big bowl. Add black pepper, salt, and oil and toss everything evenly. Make sure that your hands are clean before doing this
Then transfer the squash to the baking sheet (that has been lined with the parchment paper). Make sure to scrape the remaining oil to the paper
Spread the cubes in a single and even layer. Roast them for 30 minutes until you see that the edges turn brown
Flip the cubes and redistribute them throughout the baking pan. Continue roasting for another 10 minutes to 20 minutes. By then, the squash should be soft. You can also see that they are caramelized thoroughly on the exterior side. It shouldn’t be burnt, though. That’s why it is important that you monitor the cooking process
Remove the squash cubes from the oven. Let them cool off for several minutes.
Your cubes are ready to serve!
Choosing the butternut squash is crucial – it should be heavy for the size. This method is basically the same as choosing spaghetti squash or acorn squash. You don’t necessarily choose the biggest squash – but choose the one that is heavy and solid.
Choose the squash with good beige-ish hue or color. Although it is normal to see surface imperfections or scratches, you need to avoid soft spots, cuts, or deep scratching
You can keep the squash in a dry and cool place to 2 weeks before you cook it
The key in perfectly caramelized cubes without burning them is to redistribute them
You can also serve the cubes as a side. You can either serve them with a bowl or you can top them with herbs, olive oil, melted butter, or whatever topping that you like
It is okay to add seasonings to the squash (before you roast them). Feel free to add spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon.
Make sure that there is space between the squash cubes when you distribute them
Don’t ever forget the parchment paper because it is the one that would prevent the cubes from being burnt
Now that you know how to cook Butternut Squash, you can enjoy the simple dish or consume them as snacks.