Butternut Bites

Butternut Squash Bites from Order in the Kitchen

On Fee SIMPLE Fridays you will get easy recipes.  In the legal field, Fee Simple is the absolute ownership of property to the exclusion of others.  I want you to own your kitchen every Friday with these easy-to-make recipes!

Good morning y’all!  Today’s Fee SIMPLE Friday is brought to you by butternut squash.  Basically I’m obsessed with it.  I think butternut squash may be the new pumpkin.  Maybe.  I don’t know, I love pumpkin too, so it’s hard for me to choose one over the other but if anyone was “sponsoring” my posts this Fall, it would be the butternut squash.

So here’s what happened.  Like so many other times I’m at the grocery store, I think I have a complete list, and then I see one product that gets my mind reeling and it’s like a lightbulb.  Not like a “genius idea” lightbulb.  Just a “I have to have that right now” kind of a lightbulb.  That’s what happened when I saw a giant tub of butternut squash pre-cut.  I know, I know, I’m a food blogger I should be buying the whole squash and cutting it myself, but you know what?  This is real life, I have a stressful job, and why would I discourage anyone from taking advantage of pre-cut butternut squash?

Exactly.  So this recipe is made much simpler based on the fact that it was pre-cut but you could obviously just buy a butternut squash and cut it yourself.  Whatever floats your boat.  So when I saw these little guys, I knew I wanted to use them in a salad.  Which I did.  Then I had a ton left over.  A TON.  So I decided to make a risotto… that will be posted next week!  Then I STILL had some left over and I was all like “you know what? these little guys are really adorbs so lets do something with them that highlights just the butternut, and not just use it as an ingredient in a fully-conceived recipe.  That’s how these little butternut bites came about.Butternut Squash Bites from Order in the Kitchen

I consulted my favorite book, The Flavor Bible, to see what flavors would really accentuate the butternut squash, not mask it, and most importantly, things I already had on hand in my pantry.  So here we go!  Butternut Bites!

Butternut Bites
The Elements
  • 8 oz. Butternut Squash, chopped into cubes
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • A pinch of Ginger
  • 2 Pinches Granulated Honey (alternatively, you can use regular honey, just drizzle it)
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 TBSP Brown Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a small casserole dish, spread out the butternut squash.
  3. Place the butter throughout the casserole dish (I basically just put a little bit here and there as you can see in the first picture).
  4. Sprinkle with the spices (including granulated honey, but if you don't have granulated, just drizzle regular honey lightly over all the squash...no more than about a teaspoon).
  5. Crumble the brown sugar over everything.
  6. Place in oven for 25-30 minutes (I did 30), opening once around the 20 minute mark to check them, and stir it up to get the butter all over all of the butternut squash pieces.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
The Verdict
These would make a phenomenal side dish for a nice fall meal, or you could just be like me and eat them on their own as a snack...right out of the casserole dish. Maybe while they are still a little too hot and burn my tongue. Ok, don't be like me. Let them cool about 5 minutes before trying to eat one. Do as I say not as I do.
Butternut Squash Bites from Order in the Kitchen

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  1. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I LOVE the precut squash. Mostly because I don’t have to worry about chopping off my fingers to use it. Cutting a whole squash is fear inducing. This recipe looks so delicious. Totally perfect for winter.

  2. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    GIRL! I loooove precut squash, definitely sooo much easier to deal with! And that happens to me ALL the time too where I’m in the grocery store with a list and then all of a sudden I’ll see something and then veer totally off my list and make something different…tends to lead to lots of random ingredients in my house lol. And can we talk about the name of this for a second? Butternut Bites? How freakin’ cute is that! Of course it is because you came up with it :) These look amazing, definitely need to try asap!

    • Lynn Lovejoy says:

      HA girl I knew you had to be the same way at the store… I feel like our brains probably just go crazy when we see all of the options lol. Glad you love the name and the precut squash…wish you were here to share these with me! xo

  3. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says:

    Okay so this is gorgeous. Also butternut squash has also been sponsoring all my fall food. I wish I could get the squash to pay me for shouting their awesomeness. I guess I need to work on that.
    Let’s talk about granulated honey!!! WHERRRREEEE is it?! I need that.

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