Look at this beautiful deep color vegetable, how can you not be in love? This roasted butternut recipe shouldn’t even be called a recipe, it should be called how to fall in love with butternut.
I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like roast. If you don’t like butternut (or any veg for that matter) roast it. It will turn the most enthusiastic meat eater into a vegetarian, at least for that one meal anyway. Filled with fiber and vitamin C and extremely versatile its no wonder butternut is one of South Africa’s favorite winter vegetables.
My family is not at all big with the pumpkin family but as soon as I roast the butternut or make soup with it then it changes the dynamics and suddenly everyone is thoroughly enjoying the food. Even when I make this healthy anti-inflammatory juice!
Like so many of you I have made butternut a hundred different ways throughout my life so when I had these beautiful butternuts on my kitchen counter I initially thought of butter, cinnamon and honey and into the oven till cooked through. I know that I cannot make it the ‘boring old way’ by adding a tiny bit of water & brown sugar and let it cook and then sprinkle some nutmeg on because you know, they already don’t like pumpkin so I better be roasting it if I want them to not only eat but enjoy it. Also, they wont eat it otherwise.
Okay so…The Roasted Butternut!
If truth be told I actually really (but really) like my butternut the boring old way so when I know that I am cooking just for one, for mwah, I am in another element of happiness because I peel and chop the butternut into squares and cook it with a drop of water till done before adding a teaspoon of butter, brown sugar, nutmeg or cinnamon and then mash it with a fork. That has to be one of my favorite childhood memories.
Our Happiest Memories always surround food whether its at home or visiting a restaurant.
Life is about feeding the ones we love the things that they enjoy so that they too can have their own childhood memories of how amazing mum’s roasted butternut was!
Besides, look at this deep rich color, ah, I am in love! When it came out the oven and I was gently fluffing with a fork you best believe that I was smiling 🙂
The recipe couldn’t be easier and that’s what makes it even better. Its a simple beautiful vegetable that you can make into a very tasty side dish or full meal depending on how you want to serve it. In this recipe I topped it up with loads of different fillings so that it was served as a complete, filling, nutritious and healthy meal.
I’m always trying to find out which vegetables are in season how and where they are grown and the Farmers Weekly as well as this Agriculture website are a very helpful means of information. I love that you can buy cheaper fruits and vegetables when in season as explained here on my visit to the Oranjezicht Farmers Market.
Who doesn’t want to know when avocados are in abundance so that we can take full advantage of using them in just about every way possible? Just like we did with these simple 5 minute toppings!
How and why do South Africans love butternut so much? I found a very interesting article right here on Food24
Now how about I share this simple recipe with you? What do you say? To see how you fill a roasted butternut please click here or on the picture below.
How & Why To Roast A Butternut
Besides the health benefits of butternut it can be cooked, roasted, mashed and served a 100 different ways.
- Olive oil or sunflower oil
- Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- Step 1 Cut your butternut in halve
- Step 2 Remove and discard the pips
- Step 3 Rub the butternut all round with oil
- Step 4 Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Step 5 Layer the roasting dish with parchment paper or foil (for easy clean up)
- Step 6 Place the butternut into your roasting pan face down (open side down)
- Step 7 Roast for 30-40 minutes until cooked or as soon as they turn brown and the fork can pierce it easily
What To Serve With The Butternut? The Best Healthy Butternut Filling