Thursday, November 1, 2012

Caramelized Butternut Squash - and a Giveaway







Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  I always host Thanksgiving dinner at my house and my family comes in from New York and New Jersey to help us celebrate.  I love hosting because that means I get to be in charge of the menu planning.  We normally do a sweet potato side dish to go along with our Thanksgiving feast but this year I wanted to change it up  just a bit and swap in some yummy and healthy butternut squash to replace the sweet potatoes (not that they aren't yummy and healthy too but I wanted something different this year.)  I also made another swap in our vegetable side dish - I swapped out the butter and replaced it with  Country Crock Light.  I have to admit, I have never used Country Crock before but when I replaced the butter with this light alternative, no one could tell the difference.  This Caramelized Butternut Squash was so delicious the brown sugar along with the salt and pepper added the right amount of flavor and I felt a lot better about gobbling down seconds and picking the caramelized  scraps  (super yum) off of the sheet pan because I knew the Country Crock was light.  Veggies help complete a well-rounded, better-for-you Thanksgiving meal, and Country Crock helps make them even more delicious.  Want to know something else about  Country Crock?  It has 0g trans fat... awesome right? Have you ever used Country Crock to replace butter in any of your dishes?  If you are looking for some Thanksgiving recipes, The Country Crock Chronicle  has some great vegetable side dish recipes for you to look through and maybe even add to your holiday menu this year.



recipe adapted from Food Network
What you need:
1-2 medium butternut squash (4 to 5 pounds total)
6 tablespoons Country Crock Light, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

What you do:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
Cut off and discard the ends of the butternut squash. Peel the squash, cut them in half
lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch cubes and place them on a baking sheet. Combine the melted Country Crock, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Toss all the ingredients together and spread in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 45 to 55 minutes, until the squash is tender and the glaze begins to caramelize. While roasting, turn the squash a few times to be sure it browns evenly. Taste for seasonings and serve hot.

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  1. Thank you to Country Crock for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

36 comments:

  1. Mmm, i love butternut squash + i love this lightened-up version of a traditional thanksgiving side dish!

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  2. This recipe is a nice change from your typical sweet potatoes! Looks delicious! My favorite side is squash casserole! Yummy!

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  3. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well. Looking forward to seeing more Thanksgiving posts as I gather my recipes and ideas for this years meal.

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  4. YUM! I'm totally going to make this for Thanksgiving =)

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  5. I always have a tub of Country Crock butter in our fridge. Your recipe sounds delish!
    xx
    maya

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  6. Caramelization really does make food better! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  7. There are some fast simple recipe ideas with things you might have already that I like.

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  8. My favorite Thanksgiving veggie is baked sweet potatoes!

    Happycatsitting

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  9. I love the links on this site -the layered salad for lunch sounded like a great idea
    vickie
    vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I love sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving -so good!
    vickie
    vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. I love potatoes.Cant get enough of them.

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  12. I am so going to try the recipe for crispy baked chicken fingers.

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  13. i have not gotten to try butternut squash and have been aiming to this year so this is just what i need. the recipe sounds great.

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  14. I checked out the Crock Country Chronicle and love the "Photos with Flavor" post!

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  15. My favorite Thanksgiving veggie is mashed potatoes.

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  16. I found some great recipes on the Country Crock site.

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  17. My favorite Thanksgiving veggie is mashed potatoes.

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  18. I'm such a fan of finding new ways to use in season vegetables! That looks like a great resource! I have little kids, and I'm trying to introduce them to as many new veggies as possible before they get too picky.

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  19. Praline Sweet Potato Casserole is hands down my favorite Thanksgiving veggie (and also my favorite overall dish!)

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  20. I love the recipes and the pictures that they have on their site.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(Dot)com

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  21. They have a lot of healthy tips on the Country Crock site, like adding extra veggies and whole wheat bread to meals.
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  22. I love yams (candied :) )
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  23. I love the lunchtime ideas. Nice to switch it up!

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  24. Hi Danielle,
    Your Caramelized Butternut Squash looks delicious, we will just love it. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. mmm, I have a squash on my counter waiting to be eaten. These sound delicious!

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  26. Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it.

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  27. This sounds so insanely delicious!

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  28. Oh this sounds really delicious!
    I would love to have you share this or any other recipe of yours at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with the chance to get a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame! Here is the link:
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/11/wednesday-extravaganza-3.html

    Can't wait to see you there!

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  29. Love the variety of dishes you can make with Crock Country!

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  30. I'm always a fan of recipe pages! Some of them look really good--you're butternut squash does too!

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  31. I love brussel sprouts at Thanksgiving!

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  32. Love the Welcome Home Snack Bar on the site. Mmm mm

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  33. I really like this cheese broccoli...that's quite good. Does mashed potatoes count? LOL

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