Hasselback Butternut Squash


IMG_2851Need something to increase your omega-3 intake? What about a food that includes anti-inflammatory properties? This butternut squash dish is just your answer. Butternut squash makes for a sensational side. If you are unsure what a butternut squash looks like, it is the long pear shaped squash that is light orange in color. It has a sweet flavor. Winter squash is filled with carotenoids, which are great for your eyes. Try this recipe for your next home cooked meal.

Serving size: 4

Hands-on time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour


1 large (2-3lbs) butternut squash

4 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pinch of salt

¼ tsp cajun seasoning

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 420℉. Cut squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
  2. Set squash skin side up and use a peeler to remove the skin.
  3. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place butternut squash with the hole down on a baking pan and roast until softened, about 20 minutes.
  5. Combine olive oil, cajun seasoning, garlic, and black pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Remove squash from oven and set on a cutting board. Allow it to cool a bit then use a sharp knife to cut slits 2-3 mm apart in the squash almost, but not all the way through. You can set two wooden spoon handles alongside the squash to act as a stopper for the knife.
  7. Transfer back to baking pan and brush with spicy garlic, oil sauce. Make sure to get into the nooks and crannies of the slices.
  8. Roast squash halves and baste with the cooking juice every 8-10 minutes for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and a sprinkle of salt!

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