Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Braised and Glazed Butternut Squash

It's a crime that I've never blogged about this recipe before. It's one of our go-to, favorite side dishes during the fall and winter months. We like to use butternut because it's the easiest to peel, but any winter squash (except spaghetti) will work. It's quick, delicious and goes with just about any main dish.

Braised and Glazed Butternut Squash
adapted from Mark Bittman - How to Cook Everything
serves 4

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 pounds butternut or other winter squash, peeled and cut into 1/2- to 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup stock or water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish

Using a large deep skillet with a tight fitting lid, add the oil and garlic and heat over medium heat. After about two minutes, or when the garlic begins to color, add the squash, stock, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, or until the squash is tender, stirring a couple of times.

Remove the lid and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, until all the liquid has evaporated away and the squash begins to turn brown Shake the pan every so often and stir once or twice during this time. Try not to over-stir because it will break up the squash too much. Keep it cooking until the squash is browned and crisp to your liking. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed, garnish with parsley, and serve.


  1. I almost didn't even look at this post, knowing how much I would want this after I looked...now I am doomed! I have no winter squash in the house and we JUST went shopping! I am drooling...

  2. I could easily finish the whole plate! Wish I could find some butternut squash at this time.

  3. We made this last night and it was soooo good! Buttery and delicious. Easy except for peeling the damn thing. :-)


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