This showstopping side is glazed in a sweet and spicy syrup.
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, halved, and seeded
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup cane syrup
- ¼ cup roughly chopped pecans
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°
- In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, place squash cut side down. Brush with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Remove from skillet; carefully slice squash at ¼-inch intervals, cutting three-fourths of the way through. (See KITCHEN TIP.) Place back in skillet; bake 10 minutes more.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add cane syrup, pecans, ginger, and red pepper; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Spoon glaze over squash; bake until fork tender, about 10 minutes more.
Place 2 wooden spoon handles on either side of squash before slicing to prevent the knife from cutting all the way through squash.
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