Easy Benedictine Butternut Squash and Apple Side Dish

Here’s a way to add a yummy edition to those Christmas leftovers.  I created this Christmas Day and it was delicious accompaniment the faux chicken with mushrooms and balsamic vinegar.

The Ingredients          Note:  Any of these quantities can be adjusted

Onion – Sweet or red.  Hardball size, chopped fine.
Butternut Squash chopped into ½” squares.  Or do what I did – buy it already cubed up!
Two apples peeled and diced into ½”ish squares
Olive oil
Maple Syrup
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Here’s What To Do
Prepare the Squash
– Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
– Peel your B’nut squash, then cut in it half the long way; scoop out seeds and chop into ½” dices.
Or buy it already cubed – much easier.
– Put a small amount of oil on a cookie sheet.  Add the squash and toss it around a bit (but not onto the floor) to coat pieces slightly with oil.  Try to keep the pieces in one layer.
– Roast the squash in the oven, checking at 20 minutes to stir.  Just keep checking now and then to make sure it doesn’t over-roast.  I think mine took around 30 minutes but this can vary.
– Remove from oven when done and let cool.
Turn oven down to 350 degrees.

apples-to-apple-the-goofiest-infographic-you-ll-ever-see--5d6190cc40Prepare the Onions and Apples
– Chop onions and sauté in oil in a medium-sized pan.
– While onions are sizzling prepare the apples – Peel, core and dice.
– Add the apples to the onions and sauté until the apples are soft but not mushy.

Combine Squash and Apple Mixture
– In a bowl combine the squash cubes, and the onions and apples, and stir carefully.
– Add maple syrup and salt to taste and stir again.
– Put in a baking dish and heat gently if you are serving these right away..

This dish can be prepared ahead.  You’ll need to heat the dish longer in a 350 degree oven, 20-25 minutes or so.

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Jane’s Recipe

Hope you enjoy both preparing and eating this tasty dish!

 

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