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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Butternut Squash French fries

I have never before used butternut squash for cooking. I know it’s shocking but I’ve always associated squash or pumpkin type of vegetables with Halloween. It was created for fun, to scare little children, not to eat!
When I noticed massive pile of butternut squashes in my local supermarket I thought people must buy it and cook something with it. Maybe it’s worth to give it a go? After some research in cooking books I went for the simple option – baked butternut squash that imitates French fries. I miss fries and it would be nice to replace it with something similar.
French fries made with squash are not as potatoes fries. The taste is a bit sweet and nutty but they are very good if not better! I had them with salad and piece of grilled chicken. Absolutely fabulous lunch J

Ingredients (serves 3):
1 Butternut squash (after peeling 500g)
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. mild chilli powder (you can use different spices)
1.    Peel the squash. That’s the hardest part L Use a sharp knife as the skin is very tough.
2.    Preheat the oven to 200C.
3.    Cut the squash in half and remove seeds using spoon.
4.    Cut the squash in 1 cm slices and then in stalks like French fries.
5.    In a large pan bring to boil about 1l of water and simmer cut squash for about 3 minutes. Drain well and cool down a bit.
6.    In a large bowl mix the olive oil with salt and spices. Add the squash fries and mix well but be careful not to break the them.
7.    Bake on a large baking tray (lined with baking paper) for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
Enjoy J 
Carbohydrates and Calories
Fries made of whole squash
1 portion

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