Maple & Browned Butter Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese

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Author Notes: This is one of my favorite preparations for roasted squash, and was inspired by the squash side dish at 112 eatery in Minneapolis. The maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness, the browned butter and pecans bring out the earthy nuttiness of the squash, and the blue cheese, well, the blue cheese makes it rich and delicious. Great as a meal on its own, or as a side dish with roasted chicken or pork. The recipe can be easily doubled for a crowd.MplsCitified

Serves 3-4, as a side dish

  • 1.5 pounds butternut squash, chopped into 3/4" cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Adjust oven racks to middle position and top position and heat oven to 425 degrees. For easy clean up, line a 12x17 sheet pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  2. Toss chopped squash with olive oil, salt and pepper, and scatter in a single layer on the sheet pan. Roast for about 35-40 minutes until the squash is tender and starting to brown.
  3. While the squash is roasting, chop the pecans and toast them in a baking dish on the rack above the squash for about 10-12 minutes until they are dark and aromatic.
  4. About 5 minutes before the squash is done roasting, melt the butter over medium heat in a small pan until the foaming subsides and the butter turns dark brown and smells nutty. Be careful to not let it burn. Toss the sage in with the butter and allow it to crisp up for about 30 seconds. Add the maple syrup and reduce heat to low.
  5. Remove the squash from the oven into a large bowl. Toss the squash with about half the pecans, 2 tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese and the sagey maple butter sauce.
  6. Transfer the squash to a serving platter and sprinkle with remaining blue cheese, pecans and parsley. Enjoy!
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over 1 year ago Franca

Made this tonight as a side for chicken. Delicious!


over 1 year ago MplsCitified

Glad you liked it! It's one of my favorite ways to use butternut squash.

over 4 years ago Sally

This is the next way I am going to make squash--I like the sound of these combinations, thanks so much!


over 4 years ago MplsCitified

Definitely let me know how you like it.


over 4 years ago friendlyoaks

I made this last Sunday. It was fabulous. Got even better as the flavors melded together a bit. It's a keeper. Thanks.


over 4 years ago MplsCitified

Glad you liked it!


almost 5 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I just finished making this. It's amazingly delicious. Thanks MplsCitified!


almost 5 years ago MplsCitified

Glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites this time of year.


almost 5 years ago friendlyoaks

This just might earn a 5 on my 5-point scale (given to foods that are so good you dream about them). It sounds achingly rich and complex. Of course, anything inspired by 112 Eatery is going to be good. (My personal favorite is sauteed escarole with anchovy.) By the way, if you should fill in a bit more on your personal profile, then I (from St Paul) and joanG (from Mpls) could try to decide whether we know you!


almost 5 years ago MplsCitified

It is rich, that's for sure! Though it's hard to pick a favorite - for me it's probably the gnocchi or the tres leches cake. I don't think I've had the escarole. Next time. Profile updated - though maybe not that helpful.


almost 5 years ago AppleAnnie

I would love to try this, very appealing combination of ingredients


almost 5 years ago Table9

This looks wonderful. I have only tried butternut squash with feta and goat cheese, but I love sweet potato fries with blue cheese and it seems that the taste might be a but similar. I cannot wait to try it!


almost 5 years ago MplsCitified

Mmmm...sweet potato fries. Definitely let me know how you liked it.


almost 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This sounds totally delicious.


almost 5 years ago MplsCitified