This roasted mashed butternut is the perfect side dish for any meal! Both sweet and savory, it’s made with cinnamon and garlic for an amazing flavor that will surprise you. With a few simple ingredients, you can make this squash recipe any time of the year.
My husband was afraid to try this because he didn’t think he liked butternut squash and nothing makes me happier than proving him wrong. 😉 Mission accomplished. He’s now a fan.
Out here in Pennsylvania, we’ve reached freezing overnight temperatures and it’s time for us to mumble a small prayer into our pumpkin spiced lattes (or shots of tequila, whathaveyou) that we make it through another brutal winter. For you Southwesterners (my homies), you can join us by praying that you at least get a slight cool breeze at some point before January.
We have all our winter grumbles: Too much winter. It’s too hot for winter. Why did I buy a red coat that doesn’t go with anything? #realproblems
This mashed butternut squash recipe is easier to make than you’d think.
Cut the squash in half. Sprinkle with a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Roast. Mash. Devour.
I wanted to bring out the natural buttery flavor of the squash but I also wanted to go for a sweet & salty taste with just a touch of spice. Bring on the cinnamon! I was a little afraid to add garlic to the sweet cinnamon taste but the results were amazing!
How to roast butternut squash:
Slice it in half lengthwise and then scoop out the seeds and pulp. It’s just like carving a pumpkin but only takes a minute.
Then you place it face up on a baking sheet and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, dark brown sugar, and some pats of butter. No real science here, you just throw it on!
Then you roast it for about 40 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. Little squash = short amount of time. Big squash = you get it.
If you’re making this for Thanksgiving dinner, you can do the roasting the night before and then make the mash the day of. Easy, right?
This is what it looks like when it’s done roasting. I wanted you to see it so you won’t think this is a burnt look. This looks juuusst right.
Let it cool, scoop out the butternut squash away from the skin, then mash it up up with some seasonings, and voila…mashed butternut squash!
Winter is all better now.Print
- 1 butternut squash*, cut in half lengthwise
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 fresh clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure maple syrup (so snobby)
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Place the squash halves face up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dark brown sugar. Take a pat of butter and break it into pieces and put on 1 half of the squash. Repeat another pat of butter on the other half.
- Roast squash for approximately 30-45 minutes. Squash is done when you can easily poke the tip of a knife through it. It should feel soft and not give the knife any resistance.
- Let squash cool to the touch and then scoop out the squash away from the skin with a large spoon. You can mash it at this point or you can store it in a plastic container in the fridge until the next day.
- Microwave the squash until hot.
- Add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, cream, cinnamon, maple syrup, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together with an electric hand mixer or hand mash together until creamy. Add additional salt or butter to taste.
- Store up to 2 days in refrigerator.
*The squash I used for this recipe was about 1.5 lbs. If you use a larger squash, increase the other ingredients as necessary, otherwise the recipe might taste too bland.
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- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 40 min
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The Greatest Pumpkin Pie – seriously!
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