Baked Butternut Squash Fries
We love burgers and fries at our house. Grillin’ is one our favorite things. And, while I’m no stranger to a bag of Ore-Idas, we like to bake potato fries in the oven instead of frying them. That’s why when I thought about roasting up some butternut squash I thought it would be pure GENIUS to make fries out the squash.
Fries out of squash? That’s just crazy talk! Those couldn’t be good OR … could they?
Thank goodness for Google because I found this blog post from The Urban Poser all about it. This gal gave some great instructions and serious french fry advice. And, she was right about getting the moisture out of the squash. This is important. Salt them and let them sit for as long as you can. They are chuck full O’ water.
I cut my pretty little butternut baby in thirds. If you look closely at that first picture, you can tell where I cut because I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture and tried to cheat. It seemed like a waste to not use the bottom section of the squash but that is totally where all of the seeds are and I couldn’t see trying to make something out of it today.
Then, I cut the mid-section into the standard french fry shape and set them out on a cookie sheet. This is the salt and let them sweat it out on a paper towel process. I had some a ton of free time today so I let them sit for three hours. They were still pretty heavy and took a long time to cook. (just something you might want to know if you try this)
I baked them for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees and then broiled them on high at the finish to get some extra crunch happening. Steam billowed out of the oven vent the entire time they were cooking.
It was sooooooooo worth it. These are ab-so-freakin-lutely AWESOME!
They taste great by themselves but I tried dipping in both ranch and BBQ sauce as taste samples and I have to say that it was a nice flavor either way. The roasted squash has so much more savoy goodness than a potato. It was even a better fry than the sweet potato variety. Really.
Now, just to set the record straight, no squash is stealing the special place in my heart that real, deep fried, extra salty fries have … but, this is a good food experiment for a nice burger meal at home. Yum-O!