Sunday, December 11, 2011

Butternut Squash With Smoked Paprika

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While eating dinner out at a nice restaurant has become the usual way to spend romantic evenings these days, some still prefer a romantic dinner at home. Even though it means much more effort, many like to go that extra mile for loved ones. An excellent dish for a lovely dinner at home is . When it comes out right, it is wonderful to look at and, of course, delicious to eat.

Related Searches:Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need1 large butternut squash1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika1 teaspoon onion salt1 teaspoon garlic powder2 teaspoons balsamic vinegarFreshly ground black pepper2 to 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oilSaltMedium-sized plastic or glass bowlFlat metal turner or forkSuggest Edits1

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius. Peel the butternut squash and cut it into cubes that are roughly 1 square inch. Put the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil.

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Put the cut squash cubes into a medium-sized plastic or glass bowl. Toss these cubes with the paprika/oil mixture you just prepared until the squash becomes well-coated.

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Coat a flat baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Arrange the squash cubes on the sheet in a single layer, with each piece having a flat side facing down on the sheet, as this is where the maximum amount of browning usually occurs.

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Roast the squash for about 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the squash pieces using a flat metal turner or a fork. Put the squash back into the oven for another 15 minutes and then repeat the process. Keep turning the cubes and roasting for 15 minutes until the squash is very tender and nicely browned. The total cooking time should be around 50 to 55 minutes, although this depends on how big the squash pieces are and what type of pan you are using.

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Season the cooked squash with more freshly ground black pepper and some salt, if it is required. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Tips & Warnings

You can use precut squash cubes that are available at your local market, if you prefer. Such products make cooking much easier and less time-intensive.

Seasoning should depend on your personal taste. Don't add too much pepper and salt if you don't like your food spicy.

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ReferencesKalyn's Kitchen: Recipe for Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Sweet PaprikaFood.com: Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Sweet PaprikaResourcesThree More Big Bites: Warm in Winter: Roasted Butternut Squash with Cumin and Smoked PaprikaPhoto Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty ImagesRead Next:

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