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Holiday Roasted Butternut Squash
- 2 pounds butternut squash
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon butter or canola oil
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 1 ½ Tablespoons maple syrup
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Large mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Small skillet
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Rinse and peel squash. Cut off ends and discard. Cut squash at the neck, creating a narrow end and a round end. Cut round end in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut both ends into ¾-inch, even-sized cubes.
- Coarsely chop walnuts. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add squash. Toss with oil, sage, salt and ground black pepper.
- Spread squash evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until tender, about 35 minutes.
- In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter or heat oil. Add walnuts and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries and maple syrup.
- Gently toss cooked squash with cranberry mixture.
- To make flavors pop even more, stir in 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar along with the cranberry mixture.
- You can use fresh sage instead of dried. Leave out dried sage in step 4. Roll 4 fresh sage leaves into a log shape and thinly slice. Cook fresh sage in butter or oil along with the walnuts in step 6.
- Use pecans or hazelnuts in place of walnuts. Try using raisins or dried cherries for the cranberries.