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Hasselback Butternut Squash with Maple Browned Butter Sauce

Hasselback butternut squash is roasted with a sweet maple browned butter sauce and the perfect impressive side dish to put on your holiday table!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 161kcal


  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside for a moment.
  • Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Use a peeler to remove skin and white layer from squash. Rub butternut squash all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side-down in prepared baking dish.
  • Roast butternut squash at 400F 40-45 minutes until squash is beginning to soften and a paring knife slips easily in and out of flesh. Allow squash to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until a deep golden brown. Add maple syrup, cayenne if using, and orange zest and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer squash to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to score squash crosswise, cutting into squash as deep as possible, but not cutting all the way through.
  • Return squash to baking dish and drizzle with browned butter/maple sauce. Arrange thyme sprigs on top of squash. Return squash to 400F oven and roast an additional 40-45 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce until squash is tender.
  • Allow butternut squash to cool slightly before topping with toasted pecans and serving warm. Enjoy!


Storing Instructions
Butternut squash may be stored in refrigerator up to 6 days. Reheat in oven at 375F 20-25 minutes before serving.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 8.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 7.7g | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg