Butternut squash is practically a prerequisite for Thanksgiving dinner. I realize it's incredibly popular to do the "sweet thing" and use brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, maple syrup, etc. However, there's plenty of sugar coming in the pies and desserts. I like the meal itself to focus on a more savory palate. Though I did have my Thanksgiving Series in mind when I made this dish - it's a really great side dish any time of the year. You can easily make it ahead and re-heat on the big day. This savory butternut squash sauté is out of this world.
Savory Butternut Squash Sauté Will Be Your New Favorite Side Dish
If you are a regular reader of my site, which of course you are, you'll recognize the flavor profile. It's very similar to how I start my Butternut Squash Risotto -- a great dish if you're serving vegetarians on Thanksgiving!
But I simply must get on my soapbox for one moment and gush about the power and the flavor of leeks. I cannot encourage you enough to start using more leeks in your cooking. Leeks are a revelation and leeks with butternut squash, salt, pepper, butter, and fresh thyme will make you lose your mind. It will take some time to get it back and you might walk around confused for a little while, but you will eventually find your mind again so don't worry too much about that part of the process. We've all been there.
This butternut squash recipe is so delicious and, even better, you can make it the day before. Some foods do not taste great re-heated. However, butternut squash is not one of them. It tastes exactly the same as when you first made it!
Thanksgiving: Everything Else to Pair with This Savory Butternut Squash Sauté
Welcome to my Thanksgiving Series! This is a feast I made for about $95 and it serves 8-10 people. You’ll probably still have some leftovers too! I bought a whopping 19 ½ pound turkey and economized as much as I could to keep this under $100. I know staying on a budget is important. This is my first Thanksgiving as a food blogger and I hope to add new Turkey Day recipes each year. The dinner here is a budget-friendly, beginner-friendly option.
All the Thanksgiving Series Essentials:
- Thanksgiving Turkey & Gravy
- Fantastic No-Frills Mashed Potatoes
- Easy Pepperidge Farm Stuffing with Apples & Celery
- Steamed Brussel Sprouts w/Toasted Pine Nuts & Bacon Bits
- Killer Apple Pie with Butter Crust
Need some appetizer ideas? No Problem!
- Holiday Appetizers: Phyllo Cups FIVE WAYS!
- Stuffed Mushrooms w/Sausage, Cheddar & Panko
- Nana's Weird Hot Dog Appetizer (the kids will love this!)
- Honey Butter Bourbon Shrimp
- Brown Sugar Bacon Sticks Brushed w/Maple Syrup
- Apple Brie Crostini w/Pecans & Honey
- Warm Shrimp & Gorgonzola Dip w/Pancetta Bacon (make-ahead friendly)
- Crispy Thai Pork Toast (make-ahead friendly)
- Crunchy Baked Kale Chips (great for vegetarians)