Thursday, October 29, 2015

Butternut Squash Skewers + Dip

     
Squash Skewers are a simple, yet clever, way of serving butternut squash especially for the fall holidays. It makes a great appetizer and eating the squash off a skewer is fun and easy to eat.


My friend Laura mentioned to me that she likes holiday recipes that can be eaten at room temperature so she doesn't have to keep heating and reheating to try to get the timing right for the meal. Roasted butternut squash tastes great at any temperature.

Whether served hot out of the oven, eaten an hour later at room temperature, or finished off the next day cold right out of the refrigerator, it's always delicious!

I bought my wooden skewers at my local supermarket ( they came in two sizes and were inexpensive- about $1.59) and roasted the winter squash first and then slid the roasted squash cubes on the skewers. My photo shows the basic idea, yet you could serve it with many variations.

Some additional ideas to assemble the skewers



Some additional ideas to assemble the skewers

1. Alternate the butternut squash cubes with sweet red grapes on the skewer.

2.  Slice up oranges and lay the squash skewers on top of the orange slices to absorb the citrus flavor.

3. Sprinkle the roasted squash with cinnamon

4. Alternate the butternut squash with blueberries or cooked cranberries.

5. Serve and dip into some flavored vinegar ( I had black cherry- amazing) in a dipping bowl

6. Serve with any dip of your choice

7. Alternate squash with chunks of cheese and grapes

This is a great side dish for any fall meal and especially appropriate for Thanksgiving. If you are making appetizers, these skewers would be great with a dip!

In addition, I'm always looking for healthy snacks for my grandkids! How delicious and fun would a cold butternut squash and grape skewer be for an after school snack. ( Yes, they taste that good!!)

The right tool makes your job easier

If you have the right kind of peeler , peeling the squash is a cinch! I use and OXO Good Grips Y Peeler which just slips the skin right off without any struggle. It only takes me 5-8 minutes to peel, scoop out the seeds, and chop the squash into pieces.

I then toss the squash in just enough olive oil to coat the pieces and place it on a rimmed cookie sheet that has been covered with parchment paper ( I use a brown non chlorinated parchment)

Try This Time Saver

  • If you are pressed for time, most supermarkets sell packages of butternut squash in the produce isle already cut up and no additives- It cuts down on a little time and the mess.
  • Trader Joe's usually has some packages at reasonable prices and fresh!

I bought a fig jam and served it as a dip for the squash !




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3 comments:

  1. Hi Judee, Thanks so much for sharing your delicious Butternut Squash Skewers and Dip with Foodie Friends Friday this weekend. Pinning and sharing. We look forward to seeing you again soon with another delicious recipe.

    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

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  2. I so appreciate you sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party. I'm looking forward to what you'll share with us next week.

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