Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Side Dish: Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Grapes


"Trick or Treat
Smell My Feet
Give Me Something Good to Eat"


I am not a huge fan of Halloween.
Never was. Hate the whole begging for candy thing, and the scary masks and bats flying around.

Yesterday, I went w/ my brother in law to the triplets' Halloween parade at their school, and saw the cutest kids! There were so many creative costumes with much effort put into them!

It's difficult to have dinner when the doorbell keeps ringing and you have to get up to give out candy, so I made something simple, with a nice fall side dish of roasted butternut squash w/ grapes.

It's a pain to cut up squash. Here's a trick: if you put the whole squash in the microwave for about 45 seconds, it softens enough to slice it easier. Or you can cheat, and buy the squash already cut up into cubes. It makes life so much easier!
Here is the recipe. It is wonderful as a side with any roast meat.
Happy Halloween!



Stacey Snacks Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Grapes & Red Onion:

~ 1 butternut squash, cut up into 1" cubes (or 1 package of cut up squash)
~ 1/2 cup of seedless red grapes, cut in half
~ 1/2 red onion, sliced thick
kosher salt and olive oil for roasting.

Place squash, grapes and red onion slices on cookie sheet. Coat with a little olive oil and kosher salt.
425 oven for about 30 minutes.

*Note:I use a thin, stainless steel flexible fish spatula to turn these, since the squash can stick to the pan.

Off the food topic for a second, here are some pics from the parade and my best boy next door, James. He is the fireman and the apple of my eye.















14 comments:

Anonymous said...

ADORABLE PHOTOS!!!

YOU SHOULD CHANGE CAREERS... PHOTOGRAPHY IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR MANY TALENTS.

A BIG FAN... (MIL)

kat said...

That mix of sweet & savory sounds so good.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sta,
Great photos ... lots of fun at the parade.

I am considering a 'trick or treat' campaign for adults, at your house, for real food!
John

Zen Chef said...

Cute pictures! How many pounds of candy did you have to give away during trick or treating? :-)

I love to roast butternut squash too. Yum! Healthy and good. I should focus my cooking on the 'healthy' part a little more. haha

Lisa said...

Cute pictures! I will have to try roasting grapes. Nice dish.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I never thought I'd say this but I'd take that butternut squash over a Snickers bar any day. I guess that means I'm a grown up now.

And I LOVE that last photo. It's precious.

Ali said...

what an interesting combo of butternut squash and grapes! Love it.

Adorable pics too! :)

Patsyk said...

Butternut squash has always intimidated me because it's so hard to cut into. Silly, I know! I'm going to have to try your tip of putting in the microwave first.

What cute pictures of adorable kids!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Grapes and butternut squash, brilliant!! I'll have to try that soon. The kids are all so cute, love the photo of the little witch!

Lori Lynn said...

Nice combination of tastes: squash, grapes, and red onion. Your fireman is adorable.

Alexa said...

I am not crazy about the scary aspect of Halloween either. Your dish sounds really comforting and tasty. Now, I have a different way to serve butternut squash. Thanks Stacey!

We Are Never Full said...

i'm catching up on some old posts. great pix!

BluebirdNY said...

I made this and added cut-up turnips, French red fingerling potatoes and parsnips. Roasting this way really brings out the flavors of root veggies and the grapes add a ncie sweetness.

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