Being married is awesome. Not only do you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend, but you also get exclusive membership to another family and another home. This year I was very fortunate to be able to spend time with both my family in California and Christmas time with Sarah’s family in Colorado. We also celebrated the holiday season with my residency family in DC.
As this year speeds to an end, I’m reminded again how fortunate we are to have families and homes in so many places. To all of those people who have welcomed us and supported us, words cannot express our unending gratitude.
I figure what better analogy for all the richness and warmth we’ve experienced than Hasselback Butternut Squash. Bon Appetit’s recipe is perfection, and I also have to give credit to my sister for first making this at Thanksgiving in Rochester. Hasselback refers to a cutting technique where you slice something thinly but not all the way through. Using this technique and routine basting allows the flavor and aroma to really permeate anything you are cooking and gives you some nice crispy edges. Fan out the final product and you have a showstopper of a dish.
Hasselback Butternut Squash
You can refer to the link above from Bon Appetit for the recipe. I thought I would add a few tweaks/tips that we utilized for our final product.
- If you do not own a pastry brush, double the ingredients for the basting mixture (butter, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup). You don’t want to run out part way through the baking process. No one ever complains about too much butter or maple syrup either.
- When scoring the butternut squash into thin slices, it is helpful to lay something on either side of squash to prevent yourself from slicing through (we used two wooden spoons). It might happen anyway. But who cares, it’s still delicious.
- I would use a few more bay leaves to really let that aroma perfume the final product. At least 4 per squash half.
- I found that turning the oven to 400 instead of 425 gave us a bit more control over the browning process and reduced the risk of burning the top of the squash.
- You can hasselback anything. We also hasselbacked? (is this a word) a sweet potato that was delicious.
Best to you and yours this holiday season!