We’re making my favorite Thanksgiving side dish: Mashed Butternut Squash. Roasted butternut squash mashed with butter, brown sugar, and spices added creates this delicious and seasonal side.
Mashed Butternut Squash
This is one of those recipes I can’t believe I haven’t shared sooner. Mashed Butternut Squash is easily my favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Not only is the flavor delicious, but it adds that sweet touch that every Thanksgiving spread needs. I’m thrilled to share this tasty side with you!
I’m also excited to share this recipe because I’m back with my Tastes of the Seasons blogger friends. We are all sharing a side dish that would make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving or holiday table. If you’re looking for something new this year, be sure to click through all of the yummy side dishes linked at the end of this post. I’m certain you’ll find something to enjoy!
Want more delicious side dish recipes? Try these:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple
- Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin
- Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecan and Goat Cheese
- Waldorf Salad
- Roasted Honeynut Squash
Truth be told, butternut squash might be one of my favorite things. Growing up, this recipe was the only way I ever ate it. However, over the years I’ve tried it in a multitude of recipes. I even love it when it’s presented in a savory way. Butternut Squash Ravioli with a brown butter sauce? Yes, please!
This particular recipe is really easy to make and is mostly hands-off. It is no fuss and it turns out deliciously every time. In our family, we don’t even do the “sweet potato casserole thing” because this takes its place. And while this has a sweetness to it, it’s not overly sweet. You can even lessen or omit the brown sugar completely and still have a delicious dish. The choice is yours.
Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that you can serve this as a side for any meal. There’s no need to save it just for Thanksgiving.
And with all of that said, let’s get into the recipe!
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How to Make Mashed Butternut Squash
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut the butternut squash in half length-wise, then use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds. Full recipe details and ingredient amounts are listed in a printable recipe card below.
Place the butternut squash halves on a baking sheet cut side up, then brush with melted butter.
Bake for about 65-75 minutes or until the squash is tender. Remove from the oven rack and allow to cool enough to handle.
Scoop out the flesh from the squash and place it into a large bowl.
Add the softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix with an electric mixer on low until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and mix to combine.
And that’s it, my friends, this Mashed Butternut Squash is ready to be served! You can prep this dish ahead and, like mashed potatoes, you can keep it warm over a double boiler.
I hope you enjoy this Mashed Butternut Squash as much as I do. Be sure to give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!
Tastes of the Season Thanksgiving Side Dishes:
Now before you head off, check out these other delicious Thanksgiving finds from my fabulous and talented blogger friends. Enjoy!
Mashed Butternut Squash Recipe:
Mashed Butternut Squash
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the butternut squash in half length-wise, then use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds.
- Place the butternut squash halves on a baking sheet cut side up, then brush with melted butter.
- Bake for about 65-75 minutes or until the squash is tender. Remove from the oven rack and allow to cool enough to handle.
- Scoop out the flesh from the squash and place it into a large bowl. Add the softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix with an electric mixer on low until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and mix to combine.
- Serve hot.