Chapter: Vegetable Recipes
Section: Butternut and Other Winter Squashes
Recipe: Butternut Squash Fries
Butternut Squash Fries
Butternut Squash: The longer the trunk of it the better for getting more
fries. I generally cut the bulb shaped part off and use it for butternut
Salt: Coarse sea salt is best
Oil is optional but use sparingly or none at all if you can
Pre-heat the oven to broil.
Using a a strong vegetable peeler or knife. Peel the outside of the squash.
Cut off the bulb shaped part of the squash. Cut the long part of the squash
into skinny even fry like strips. They should be as uniform as possible for
best results. If you make thicker fries you may need to bake them after the
initial broiling at 400 degrees or till done
Lay the fries out on a paper or flour sack towel. Sprinkle evenly with FINE
salt and let sit for 30 minutes. This helps the squash to 'sweat' and pull
some of the water out. When they are finished sweating pat dry.
Another option is to Lay the cut squash out on a paper or flour sack towel.
Allow to air Dry for an hour or two, even longer if you have the time.
Sprinkle with a little coarse salt)
Place the fries on reusable or disposable parchment paper.
It is important to use parchment paper if you can. I have also found that
using a glass dish makes them more soggy, so a cookie sheet would be best.
Broil the fries for a few minutes on one side. You want them to start
getting a little bit of a 'skin' but not to burn. Take the pan out of the
oven and using a spatula flip the fries over. Do the same for this side.
You will need to keep broiling and flipping a few times to ensue even
browning and dryness. Everybody's oven is different, so cooking times will
very. For this reason, it is normal to have some of the fries burn(the
smaller thinner ones of the bunch, that's why uniformity is so important).
You can take out the fries that finish early and continue to flip and broil
till they are done.
If you find that your broiler is too hot, you can lower the oven rack. Just
remember, the goal is to cook the fries quickly (as you would in frying)
That way the inside doesn't have time to get mushy. Also, gas broilers may
be hotter than electric ones so make adjustments taking in to consideration
Butternut squash can burn easily, so toward the end of cooking keep a close
eye on them or you will end up with a heap of charred squash. But don't
take them out too soon either, be patient enough to let them get browned.
When finished sprinkle lightly with salt (unless you used the quick
method). Cool the fries slightly on a paper/flour sack towel, spreading
them out so they are not laying on top of each other. This will make them
get soggy. Eat and enjoy!
I have made these a head of time and re baked them at around 450-500
degrees for a few min. They turned out pretty good that way.
Hopefully you have a GREAT oven. If so, this will be a breeze. If you have
an oven like mine however, you may need to remove some fries earlier than
others and turn the pan a few times during cooking.
From: The Urban Poser