In my last post I promised you a new recipe. This is one I developed while trying to come up with a recipe to use the delicious Happy Valley Rewarewa Honey provided me by the company. It was delicious honey, and works well in this recipes. However, it’s a waste of good honey to use it here. Any good honey will work here.
These fries are never as crunchy as a good potato fry and not even as crunchy as a sweet potato fry. However, they are addictively sweet and salty. I love the sweet and savory flavor the honey and garlic adds, and I also love that they are a tad bit heathier than french fries.
The only real time hog in making these is cutting up the squash. If you can find the peeled halves of butternut squash in your grocery store, then you will save yourself some trouble as peeling a butternut squash takes a wee bit of dedication. After you have the squash peeled and the seeds removed you just slice it up in fry-sized pieces, toss it oil and salt and bake it up. Halfway through cooking you gently fold them into the honey garlic mixture and then finish the cooking. If you happen to have a convection oven, this is the time to use it. I’ve made these fries with the convection setting and without and the convection does help form a little crunch.
These are my new favorite side dish for roasted chicken, and are a great alternative to fries with your burger. They don’t need ketchup and even the little ones love them. Enjoy!
3/16/16 – Update: I have tried this twice now using a silicone baking sheet, and they never get crispy at all. Use parchment or a lightly greased baking sheet instead.
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, long “neck” cut pieces 1/2" thick and 3-4" long
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced or pressed
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease; set aside. Stir 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, honey and garlic together and set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss peeled, seeded and sliced squash with salt and remaining 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet so that no pieces of squash touch. Place in middle of oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the fries. Brush the fries with the honey-garlic mixture and use a spatula to evenly "toss" the sauce on all the fries. Return to the oven. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the fries have started to turn dark brown at the edges and the honey has started to caramelize. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.