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.

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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!

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33 comments on “Smoky-Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash

  1. Tieghanposted November 18, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply

    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 @themessybakerblogposted November 18, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    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. Mariaposted November 18, 2013 at 8:16 am Reply

    I want to eat the entire pan!

  4. Jeanetteposted November 18, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

    Love the glaze in your recipe – sweet and spicy!

  5. Marian (Sweetopia)posted November 18, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    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 Christoposted November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply

    this is the prettiest dish with such wonderful flavors!!

  7. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted November 18, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply

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

  8. marlaposted November 18, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

    Certainly looks like the perfect squash :)

  9. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted November 18, 2013 at 10:13 am Reply

    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 Foodsposted November 18, 2013 at 10:31 am Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious, Sommer! Perfect for holiday entertaining.

  11. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 18, 2013 at 10:52 am Reply

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

  12. Cassieposted November 18, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

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

  13. naomiposted November 18, 2013 at 11:04 am Reply

    The apple butter is such a great idea!

  14. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted November 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

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

  15. Sylviaposted November 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    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 Cookingposted November 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm Reply

    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)posted November 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I love roasted butternut squash, fab flavors!

  18. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted November 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

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

  19. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted November 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm Reply

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

  20. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm Reply

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

  21. Coco in the Kitchenposted November 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

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

  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm Reply

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

  23. Jenny Flakeposted November 20, 2013 at 7:27 am Reply

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

  24. Carolynposted November 20, 2013 at 7:56 am Reply

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

  25. Gabyposted November 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply

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

  26. Shainaposted November 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply

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

  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted November 22, 2013 at 2:30 am Reply

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

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  29. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted November 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

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

  30. Shariposted November 27, 2013 at 11:13 am Reply

    OMG This looks sooo good!

    xoxo ~Shari
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  31. Nelson Simpsonposted November 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm Reply

    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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