Preparing My Sides and Vegetables

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Butternut Agave Bake

1 Large Butternut Squash ( about 8-9 inches long)

2 Tablespoons G F Canola Oil

3 Tablespoons Butter

1 ½ Teaspoons Additive Free Seasoning Salt

½ Cup Pure Organic Agave Nectar ( I use the dark or amber color)

Peel butternut squash, slice open and scoop out seeds. Wash and slice into 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick slices about 2- 3 inches long. Pour oil into large skillet, on high heat. When oil is hot pour squash into skillet, one layer thick. Braise squash just until golden brown on both sides. About 2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and drain onto paper towels. (Do ahead tip: I will do this a few days ahead of time and just store the squash in the fridge, in a sealed container, until I’m ready to bake and serve it.)

Preheat oven to 375* F.

Grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Lay squash evenly in baking pan and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Dot with rest of butter, and bake for 15 minutes to let salt and butter bake into squash. Remove from oven and drizzle agave nectar over squash and bake another 10 – 15 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and serve.

You can add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar if you prefer.  I don’t because I like the subtle taste of the squash and agave. It is just to your taste, if you or your family like it sweeter, then add the brown sugar.

Variation: To server for an everyday meal, pour enough oil into the skillet to fry squash until crisp, like french fries. Drain to paper towels. Salt and use agave nectar as a dip. You can also do this with sweet potatoes, for sweet potato fries.

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