Sweet Balsamic Butternut Squash | Mostly Homemade Mom

Sweet Balsamic Butternut Squash

November 25, 2013
Chopped butternut squash tossed with a balsamic, honey, butter sauce and roast in the oven until crispy sweet!

I know this is going to sound a bit crazy, being that I try all sorts of new recipes and all, but I've never had butternut squash before.

I know, right? 

For some reason I kept thinking it would taste... oh I don't know... squash-like. The first few times I actually had squash, I now know was zucchini, was in the dining hall at college. Some things that dining hall did well. Cheese fries. Taco salad bowls. Chicken Caesar wraps (OMG I want one). 

Zucchini squash? Yeah, not quite so good. It wasn't until I really started cooking myself that I realized how AMAZING zucchini was. Because of that traumatic college experience (ha) I guess I've just not been too quick to try new squash varieties.

Oh. My. Word. What the hay?! Butternut squash tastes completely different - reminds me of pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Cubed, roasted, and tossed in this deliciously sweet and tangy sauce - that, my friends, is one amazing fall side dish! 

Sweet Balsamic Butternut Squash

2 small-medium butternut squash (if yours are on the larger side, I would double the other ingredients)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1-2 teaspoons kosher salt

Peel butternut squash using a vegetable peeler. This requires a bit of elbow grease, but trust me when you taste it - well worth the effort. Slice each in half, scoop out the pulp, and slice into cubes. Place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, honey, and melted butter. Pour over squash cubes and toss to coat well. Spread on a single layer on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 for 30 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Be sure to scrape pan of drippings if transferring to a serving bowl - you want every last drop of the sauce!

Recipe adapted from Simple Country Home.

This is such a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Here are some more of my favorite side dish ideas:

Layered Sweet Potato Casserole

Crockpot Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Holiday Pineapple Stuffing

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3 comments on "Sweet Balsamic Butternut Squash"
  1. Amazing idea! I'm using this on our blog to spread the good news! It's perfect time of year!

  2. Julie @ WarriorNurse.comSeptember 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Well, I can see why this was one of your most popular recipes of all time! (Saw that you had posted it on your Facebook page today)....We had breakfast already today, but, we are DEFINITELY trying this this fall! :)

  3. We r going camping for a few days and r having a Thanksgiving themed brunch with 3 other families. Guess what I'm going to make for our brunch? Super excited to bring something fun and seasonal yo the table (literally)!