Monday, October 9, 2017

Maple Syrup and Bacon Fat Roasted Butternut Squash

I always, ~always~ save bacon fat. It adds great flavor to things like this Maple Syrup and Bacon Fat Roasted Butternut Squash. While squash is a fairly wet veggie, roasting it helps maintain some body and bite. The maple syrup caramelizes and bacon fat gives it a tiny bit of smoky flavor. This is a great side dish that would work well any time, easy enough for a week night dinner and fancy enough for a Thanksgiving side dish.
I made the neck of a smaller squash for myself and half of this recipe, the measurements below are very forgiving and easily scaled up for more people. I made mine in a 10" cast iron skillet, use a baking sheet for bigger crowds.

Tip: Store bacon fat in a mason jar in the fridge, fat can even be (carefully) poured into the jar while hot. And if you don't have one of the plastic lids specifically sold for mason jars... I save the lids from 16 oz peanut butter jars, they work well too.

Maple Syrup and Bacon Fat Roasted Butternut Squash
medium size butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2" to 3/4" cubes
1 Tblsp bacon fat
1 Tblsp pure maple syrup
S&P to taste
  1. Melt bacon fat on baking sheet in 400 degree oven.
  2. Add squash and maple syrup to baking sheet, carefully mix well.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, stir.
  4. Bake for another 15 minutes or until squash is tender. 
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)


  1. I just fixed butternut squash last night for dinner, Lynn. Your recipe sounds so flavorful with the bacon fat and maple syrup. I wish I would've tried your version!

  2. Oh my word! These look amazing . . . my mouth is watering as I type, LOL.

  3. Sounds so good. Wish I lived nearby for left overs. I do not cook much anymore. Just me.

  4. Lynn, We love butternut squash and I keep bacon fat in the fridge. Maple syrup and bacon fat would take it over the top!

  5. Cucinata così deve essere buonissima!!! Ciao!

  6. On my bucket list for November Lynn, it sounds very divine! Thank you!


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