Roasted Butternut Squash with Apple Cider Glaze
|Prep time||45 minutes|
|Cooking time||30 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 15 minutes|
While the squash roasts, apple cider is reduced on top of the stove to a syrupy consistency. When the two ingredients are combined, the result may be the best winter squash you've ever enjoyed. The glazed squash tastes rich and buttery, an almost magical enhancement of the sweet butternut flavors.
Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly oil a half sheet pan (preferred) or a large shallow roasting pan.
Peel the squash; a sharp swivel-bladed vegetable peeler will do the job. Slice the squash in half and scoop out the fibers and seeds. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Combine the squash, oil, and salt & pepper in a large bowl and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer in the pan.
Roast for 30 minutes, until the squash is tender, stirring every 10 minutes or so for even cooking.
While the squash is roasting, combine the cider and shallot in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil until reduced by two-thirds, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the sage, cover, and keep warm.
Transfer the squash to a serving bowl. Our the apple cider reduction over the squash, toss gently, and serve.