Meet the sweet potato fry's super tasty cousin: butternut squash fries! It might sound strange at first, but this is definitely a snack you need in your life. It has all of the brilliant taste of their sweet potato counterparts, in a much healthier, equally colorful form. The only significant difference between these and regular fries is the texture; squash will never quite firm up the same way that potatoes do. Still, my guess is that you'll be so busy eating these bad boys up, you won't even care.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel and cut your butternut squash into your desired shape. Shoot for sticks at least half an inch thick on every side.
  3. Pour your squash into a bowl. Add your olive oil, paprika, garlic, thyme, and salt. Lightly toss to coat.
  4. Spread out your squash onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and pop it into the oven for 30-40 minutes!

Serve it plain or with a tasty dip! Classic ketchup is okay, but I made a simple spiced aioli that worked excellently!  All I did was combine mayo with a drizzle of olive oil, a bit of paprika and cayenne (to taste), and some more garlic for good measure.

 

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