I love everything about the fall. The weather, the food, and of course the holidays. While my birthday and Halloween rank supreme, I can't forget about Thanksgiving. Now, I see how it can be hypocritical for a vegetarian to celebrate Thanksgiving. The whole day is based around a big, dead, bird. Don't get me wrong, I get filled with rage when people call the holiday "Turkey day", because this day shouldn't be all about the turkey. To me, its a day I get to spend with family doing what I love; cooking and eating.
On the menu for Thanksgivng dinner this year will be roasted broccoli, stuffing, pumpkin pie, vegetarian meat loaf, apple dumplings, latkes, and garlic roasted butternut squash. You might be asking "what about your mashed potatoes???" I have made my famous potatoes for Thanksgiving every year, but I opted to make latkes as my potato this year. Chankukkah falls during Thanksgiving this year, and I thought it would be nice to have a little Chanukkah food for my family's Thanksgiving/Chanukkah hybrid celebration dinner.
Recipe: Oh She Glows
What you need:
3 1/2 pounds of pealed and cubed butternut squash
Fresh, minced parsley
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper
What to do:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine squash, parsley, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Mix thoroughly, until all the squash is covered in oil.
Bake in an uncovered dish for 50-55 minutes.
YUM! These were incredible. They were crisp on the outside, and soft and creamy inside. Butternut squash has a naturally mild sweet flavor, which tasted great with the opposing salty flavors. I just love sweet and salty together! The garlic gave it a great taste and made this dish unmistakably savory. I can't wait to make one of my favorite fall fruits again for thanksgiving.
Just a word of warning: research how to peel a butternut squash before you go into this. I just picked up a knife without knowing what I was doing and it took me 45 minutes to peel. Ben watched a video on peeling butternut squashes when he made his own, and it look him 10 minutes to peel. Or you can be super lazy and buy it pre-peeled!
What are you going to make for Thanksgiving this year? Will you be making this butternut squash?
Bye from the Veggie Side!