Butternut Squash Fries

Have you ever found yourself rudely awakened in the morning? Awakened during the last crucial 5 to 10 minutes of sleep before your alarm goes off? Perhaps by a hound dog?

And as a result, you want nothing more than to give Morning a roundhouse kick to the face.

I know this scenario all too well.

Sometimes you need a little oomph or a wonderful thought to get you to raise from your bed. This morning, that thought for me was of butternut squash fries. …And a hot cup of Joe with almond milk and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Nom.

No matter what you use to make fries, it seems that you can’t go wrong. Whether you make French Fries, Freedom Fries, Sweet Potato Fries…. they all taste so darn good! It is the same with using butternut squash.

There is such a sweetness with these fries that is unmatched. It is a light and healthy alternative to overly fried French Fries. And to be honest, I eat mine plain! No sense of dipping these fries into any condiment or aioli. It is just too good to cover up!

Butternut Squash Fries
Yields: 4 servings

2 butternut squash, peeled and deseeded
Extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS kosher salt

1. Preheat your oven to the broiler setting. If you have to decide between a low or high setting, choose a high setting.
2. Slice your butternut squash into even fry sizes. It is imperative to get them close to even, so that they cook for about the same time.
3. Place onto a prepared baking sheet (either parchment paper or oil is fine). Drizzle oil over top of the fries and sprinkle with salt.
4. Place under the broiler. Keep a sharp eye on the butternut squash. Set your timer to 2 minutes. And check your fries in 2 minute intervals. When they begin to nicely brown on one side, flip them and continue to check them in 2 minute intervals until a desired brownness is reached. The cooking time will differ depending upon the size of the fries and your oven.

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