my toast post, my grandpa was a man who did things with great care. It might seem like such an exhaustive lesson on watering the garden would be boring for a kid, but I only remember those moments with affection and love. Whenever this task fell to me, I would ride my bike to their house on my way home from school and water the garden just the way my Grandpa had shown me. It felt very special to be alone in their yard, without their company, and I felt happy to be trusted to take care of their garden.
So, what on earth did they do with all that squash? Well, they were very generous people, and they were definitely happy to share with friends and family. But, like I mentioned before, they also both really loved to eat their veggies. My grandma's favorite thing was to slice and roast the butternut squash. This simple dish is a total family classic in our family.
This recipe is very simple, and I'm sure you could do all sorts of things to make it fancy... but I can assure you that is not necessary. These slices of roasted squash are absolute perfection: full of caramelized sweetness, bursting with flavor, and melt-in-your-mouth softness. They are glorious.
Grandmommy's Roasted Butternut Squash
1 butternut squash, big or small
a little bit of oil
First, preheat the oven to 375 F. Next, peel your squash. This can be a bit annoying, but if you have a Y-shaped peeler, that really helps. Then, cut off very ends and discard them. Use a good strong knife and cut the long part of the squash into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick rounds. When you get to the bulbous part, use a spoon to scoop and discard the seeds, and cut the flesh into rounds or half moons (same thickness as before).
Arrange the slices on a large cookie tray and spray or rub on a little bit of oil (you really don't need to over do it). Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour, flipping them after every 15 minutes. Be sure to check on your slices so they don't burn. I think they are probably yummy after 45 minutes, but I like to wait until there are really some golden brown caramelized/roasted bits showing up - for maximum yumminess.