Butternut Squash With Apples and Pecans Recipe
Are you looking for something a little different to try this holiday season? Traditional side dishes are a great part of every holiday meal, but sometimes it's fun to throw in something new and different. You just might start a new family tradition this super and somewhat unique holiday side dish recipe idea!
Butternut Squash With Apples and Pecans
- 2 medium sized butternut squash
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
1. Preparing the Squash:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Put water in two 10 X 13 baking dishes. Place squash in dishes with the cut side facing up. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. When butternut squash are cool enough to handle, peel and cut into small chunks.
2. While Butternut Squash is Cooling:
Wait until you remove the butternut squash from the oven to begin this step. Cut the Granny Smith applies into small pieces. You can peel them before cutting if you want, but I like to leave the peels intact. Melt the butter. Mix the butter, brown sugar, chopped apples, and chopped pecans together in a small bowl.
3. Assembling the Casserole
Place chunks of butternut squash in another 10 X 13 casserole dish. Spread the butter, sugar, apple, pecan mixture over the squash, distributing as evenly as possible.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until casserole is warm and bubbly.
- You can use acorn squash instead of butternut squash if you prefer. You can even use one of each, to make the dish even more colorful.
- You can substitute walnuts for pecans.
- You can add fresh chopped cranberries to the apple, sugar, butter, and nut topping for an even more festive dish.
- Instead of treating the fruit, sugar, butter, and nut mixture as a topping, you can mix it in with the squash before baking it.
- The topping used in this recipe is also a delicious way to top off baked sweet potatoes.
This unique holiday side dish recipe is the perfect addition to any potluck dinner, whether it is a family gathering or a get together with friends or co-workers. It doesn't have to be saved for special occasion, though. This dish is particularly delicious when served with traditional holiday favorites such as ham and turkey. It also is a great accompaniment to roasted chicken or Cornish game hens.
For another great winter squash recipe, see my Acorn and Butternut Squash Recipe hub.