Saturday, November 8, 2008

Butternut Squash French Fries

Easily found in supermarkets. Beige colored and shaped like a vase. This is a more watery squash and tastes somewhat similar to sweet potatoes. It has a bulbous end and pale, creamy skin, with a choice, fine-textured, deep-orange flesh with a sweet, nutty flavor. Some people say it is like butterscotch. It weighs from 2 to 5 pounds. The oranger the color, the riper, drier, and sweeter the squash.

Cut the squash at the bulb or wide part. (Set the bottom piece aside. It may be used peeled and cubed for soup/stews). Peel and cut the longer end into strips, like french fries. Season lightly with olive oil and sea salt. Bake @ 450 for 10-15 minutes. Broil for the last 5 minutes to slightly brown and crisp.

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