Smoky-Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash with leeks, bacon and a smoky-sweet apple glaze that brings these wonderful fall flavors together. This seasonal side dish is ready to take center stage on your table!

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As I ponder the meaning of Thanksgiving this year, a million complexities whirl through my head.

Things like…

How more times than not, what brings us to a place of gratitude are the tough times in life, providing a clear view of what’s truly important.

How I’m thankful for the lessons learned in the school of hard-knocks, yet hoping I’ve earned my doctorate and never have to return for continuing ed.

How good I really do have it. Healthy relationships, Healthy body, Healthy mind. What more could I ask for?

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With Thanksgiving approaching, I am acutely aware of all the aspects of my life that deserve a word of thanks.

My family has been through the ringer over the last couple years, but we have emerged stronger, wiser, and hopefully full of grace and forgiveness.

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For me, Thanksgiving is a time of contemplation.

I look at my kids and pay attention to their sweet smiles and gentle spirits, instead of their pesky little habits.

I look and my husband and thank God for his loyalty and friendship, instead of obsessing over the stained shorts he won’t throw away.

I look at myself with a grateful heart at how far I’ve come, forgiving my short comings, so I can live without internal turmoil.

Thanksgiving is a time to see things with a different set of eyes.

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I encourage you this year, to cut yourself a break on the over-the-top has-to-be-perfect dinner.

Make it simple.

Focus on a few key dishes, and kick the rest to the curb. That way you can use your energy to pay attention to what’s really important in your life, the people around you.

I’m sure you’ll find most of your thoughts of gratitude center around your loved ones.

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Speaking of simple, this smoky-sweet Roasted Butternut Squash would make a fabulous simple side dish for your Thanksgiving table.

I roasted the butternut squash and leeks in a little bacon grease, then whipped up an easy and flavorful apple glaze using Musselman’s Apple Butter, honey, red wine vinegar, and a little spice.

The rich apple butter, coriander and touch of chipotle pepper made the roasted butternut squash and leeks burst with flavor.

My family Oooed and Ahhhed over this one… just one more thing to be thankful for!


Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Roasted Butternut Squash


For the Roasted Butternut Squash:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 bunch leeks, trimmed, thoroughly washed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 4 stripes thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Apple Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place a skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon, until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve the bacon grease.
  2. Place the chopped butternut squash and leeks on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle the bacon grease over the top and toss to coat. Spread the butternut squash and leeks out into a single layer, then sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile whisk the Musselman's Apple Butter, honey, vinegar, salt and spices together. After 30 minutes drizzle the apple glaze over the vegetables and toss to coat. Spread the vegetables out again and roast for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle the cooked bacon over the top and serve warm.

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31 Responses to “Smoky-Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash”

  1. #
    Tieghan — November 18, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    I love the smoky-sweet flavor too this squash! That sounds so good and using apple butter to achieve the sweet is such a great idea!


  2. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 18, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Sommer, I couldn’t agree more with your words of wisdom. This looks like the perfect dish for Thanksgiving; simple, yet unique. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  3. #
    Maria — November 18, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    I want to eat the entire pan!


  4. #
    Jeanette — November 18, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Love the glaze in your recipe – sweet and spicy!


  5. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — November 18, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I love this recipe, and I love your reflections… So true, it’s the toughest times in life which have led me to be more grateful, too. Thank you for sharing!


  6. #
    Heather Christo — November 18, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    this is the prettiest dish with such wonderful flavors!!


  7. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — November 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Sounds fabulous paired with bacon. I have some homemade apple butter on hand too!


  8. #
    marla — November 18, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Certainly looks like the perfect squash :)


  9. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 18, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I’m with you Sommer – simple is best, and spending time with those you love and who you’re so thankful to have in your life is the best part of the holiday.
    This squash sounds lovely!


  10. #
    DeLallo Foods — November 18, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Looks absolutely delicious, Sommer! Perfect for holiday entertaining.


  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 18, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Oh my gosh!! This glaze and the roasted butternut squash! Love it, Sommer!!


  12. #
    Cassie — November 18, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I’m such a fan of roasted butternut squash. I love this glaze, too. Great twist!


  13. #
    naomi — November 18, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    The apple butter is such a great idea!


  14. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    An absolutely lovely post and equally lovely recipe. Just beautiful, Sommer.


  15. #
    Sylvia — November 18, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    I have a butternut squash in my frig right now and have been trying to think of a creative way to prepare it. This roasted butternut squash recipe sounds perfect and something I think my husband is really going to like. Thanks.


  16. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 18, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Oh Sommer, this just looks like the most scrumptious side for Thanksgiving (or any fall meal). Absolutely lovely, and great flavor combos!


  17. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 18, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    I love roasted butternut squash, fab flavors!


  18. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 18, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Amen, sista! Simple is always the better way to go! And let’s start with this butternut squash!


  19. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 18, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    Love that pic of the veggies before roasting! Ok, they all look gorgeous. I love all things butternut! :)


  20. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 18, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    This looks fantastic!! I love roasted squash, and with this apple glaze its just too perfect :)


  21. #
    Coco in the Kitchen — November 19, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Leeks, bacon, apple butter, chipotle chili – this is crazy delicious, Sommer!!


  22. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 19, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    That looks so awesome good. I bet it smelled wonderful in the oven, too!


  23. #
    Jenny Flake — November 20, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Oh how I love roasted butternut squash! This recipe looks to die for :)


  24. #
    Carolyn — November 20, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Wow, Sommer, these look phenomenal! and I love all of your thankfuls…


  25. #
    Gaby — November 20, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    Great words of wisdom Sommer! I could eat this whole pan of squash all by myself!


  26. #
    Shaina — November 21, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m dying over the apple butter and leeks in this. So good!


  27. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — November 22, 2013 @ 2:30 am

    That apple glaze sounds wonderful, I love apples and squash together!


  28. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — November 24, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    I really like the sound of the apple glaze on the butternut!


  29. #
    Shari — November 27, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    OMG This looks sooo good!

    xoxo ~Shari


  30. #
    Nelson Simpson — November 30, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    To be honest, I expected to love this dish — after all, I am a big fan of butternut squash, apples, maple syrup, curry, etc. But I found the spices overpowering, and I couldn’t even taste the squash. Very disappointing.



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