Maple-roasted, pancetta-studded butternut squash makes for a brilliant alternative to the usual candied yams.
Reprinted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients
by Ina Garten. Copyright © 2008 by Ina Garten. With the permission of the publisher, Clarkson Potter/Publishers.
This recipe is from O's Thanksgiving menu
Servings: Serves 6
Ingredients 1 large butternut squash1 head garlic separated but not peeled2 Tbsp. good olive oil2 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup1 tsp. kosher salt1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper2 ounces thinly sliced pancetta chopped16 whole fresh sage leavesFrench bread for serving
Preheat oven to 400°. Peel and seed butternut squash and then cut into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes. Place squash and whole unpeeled garlic cloves in a baking dish or sheet pan large enough to hold them all in one layer. Toss with olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until squash begins to brown, turning once during baking.
Sprinkle pancetta and sage leaves evenly over squash and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, until squash and garlic are tender and caramelized. Season to taste and serve hot with French bread for guests to spread with the roasted garlic.