Vanilla Roasted Butternut Squash and Pecans

by Kate on October 9, 2015

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Disclosure: I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are my own.

Summer has officially come to an end. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it seems that in my neck of the woods, Mother Nature is wildly confused. It’s October yet we have had hot, muggy days in the mid 80’s and evenings in the 50’s. We don’t know how to dress from day to day or morning to evening for that matter. Things are a little wonky around here right now but I do know that pretty soon she will balance out and give me the brisk autumn days I crave so much.

As autumn rolls in, the holidays aren’t far behind and I’m already thinking about warm side dishes and big fat turkeys. I love this time of the year. The crisp leaves changing colors, gathering with family and friends, and of course, the food! Butternut squash is one of my very favorite things about these  cooler months. I love making Butternut Squash Chips as a flavorful, healthy snack. I even like butternut squash for dessert. Yes! Dessert. Butternut Tarte Tatin is amazing. Flaky puff pastry, butternut squash caramelized in cinnamon brown sugar and a dollop of nutmeg whipped cream finishes this unique dessert off.

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I’m also a huge fan of roasted butternut squash but I’ve always made it one way. A little olive oil, a little salt and pepper. Done. This time around, I got creative with this Vanilla Roasted Butternut Squash and Pecans thanks to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. I go absolutely gaga over their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste and it’s my favorite for baked goods. Recently I got my hands on Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and I’m officially enamored. I want to sprinkle this coarse vanilla sugar on everything and stir it into anything. I guarantee I’ll be whipping up plenty of baked goods with it. So good! That’s when I decided my normal boring ol’ roasted butternut squash recipe needed a facelift with a vanilla kick.

I cubed up a big butternut squash then I tossed it with some olive oil, just a touch of salt and my love, vanilla bean paste. Into the oven it went and let me tell you, this Vanilla Roasted Butternut Squash and Pecans recipe is the perfect savory vanilla recipe with just a touch of sweetness. As this squash roasted in the oven, the fragrant smell of vanilla wafted through my home. The natural   sweetness of the butternut squash is a divine complement to the vanilla notes. A sprinkle of buttery pecans and vanilla sugar are the perfect crunchy finishing touch to this beautiful side dish recipe that will usher autumn in in style and carry you into the holidays. For more inspiration and ways to use these great products be sure to check out Nielsen-Massey on Pinterest!

Enjoy!

~K

 

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