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Butternut Squash Apple Bake is a the perfect side dish for your holiday table. It is sweet, warm and full of fall flavors.  The butternut squash, apple, raisins and pecans pair perfectly together in this side dish.

Butternut Squash Apple Bake in dish

Butternut Squash Apple Bake

Thanksgiving traditions in my family always involve food, holiday family recipes and gathering in the kitchen.

We love sharing the classic dishes at our table but also like adding new additions each year.

This Butternut Squash Apple Bake was on our table a few years ago and I am updating the recipe and photos.

It is a winner and one that you should consider adding to your holiday table alongside this Herb Butter Turkey, Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts and these Gouda Smashed Potatoes

Butternut Squash Apple Bake in small bowl

If you love warm butternut squash and cooked apples this is the dish for you.

I am a big apple girl during the fall and love making all kinds of dishes using apples. Some of our favorite are these Easy Skillet Apples, Apple Pancakes, Apple Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing or this Zucchini Applesauce Bread.

The warm squash and apples are paired with sweet pecans {or you can use walnuts} and plump raisins along with a little brown sugar to sweetness things up.

It is a really great dish for the holidays and perfect to add to your festive table.

When talking about family traditions I should first give you a little background about my childhood and how our family traditions came to be. 

Butternut Squash Apple Bake above shot

Throughout my life my family moved from Ohio to Maine to Michigan to Illinois to Ohio and now my parents live in Tennessee.

Growing up I wasn’t a huge fan of moving as you can imagine. 

I remember one time when we were living in Maine I overheard my parents talking about moving (before they had told my sisters and I).

I broke down crying and of course felt like it was the end of the world!

Looking back now I feel that moving from place to place actually had its benefits.

Butternut Squash Apple Bake with spoon

I am a more flexible and laid back person. 

I have learned to adapt to my surroundings and make friends in new, unfamiliar places. 

I had the opportunity to see many different places in the U.S. and grew to love things about each.

Most importantly my family became closer, because each time we moved we had each other to lean on and that was the one thing that always remained constant. 

Traditions were very important to us and helped us feel as though, even if we were in a new place, we still had those family traditions that remained familiar and comforted us in an unfamiliar place.

Butternut Squash Apple Bake in dish

Traditions in my family included things like birthday dinners—when it was your birthday you got to pick any meal you wanted and the whole family had to cook it while you got to just sit back and relax (my Mom especially loved this since she did most of the cooking growing up)

Of course meals at the holidays have always been a priority.

Spending time around the table with delicious food and those that you love is what the holidays are all about, right?

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WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS APPLE BAKE?

APPLES: This recipe uses gala apples but you can feel free to use any apple you like.

If you want a more tart flavor try using granny smith apples. I peel my apples first before adding them in.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH: The butternut squash is also peeled and cubed before being added.

One tip to save time is to buy pre-peeled and cubed butternut squash. I have seen it at Trader Joes and Aldi before. 

 

CINNAMON AND BROWN SUGAR: The cinnamon and brown sugar add that warm, fall spice we all love so much.

If you are trying to avoid sugar you could use honey or maple syrup to help sweeten the dish. I would recommend stirring in 2 to 3 Tablespoons after cooking and tasting it and then adjusting with more as you see fit. 

DRIED RAISINS AND CRANBERRIES: I love the warm, plump dried raisins and cranberries that are paired with the apples and squash.

You could also use other dried fruit like prunes or apricots. 

PECANS: The pecans are one of my favorite parts of this dish. Other nuts that would work well are walnuts or almonds.

I personally prefer silvered almonds to whole almonds. 

Butternut Squash Apple Bake with wine

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MORE APPLE RECIPES? CHECK OUT THESE:

BAKED APPLE CINNAMON STEEL CUT OAT CUPS 

 
 

SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP 

APPLE CRISP

HOW TO MAKE CANDY APPLES

Butternut Squash Apple Bake is a the perfect side dish for your holiday table. It is sweet, warm and full of fall flavors  The butternut squash, apple, raising and pecans pair perfectly together.

Butternut Squash Apple Bake

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Butternut Squash Apple Bake is a sweet, savory side dish that mixes butternut squash, apples, raisin, pecans and cranberries with a cinnamon butter glaze.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled, seeded, and cubed butternut squash {cube evenly}
  • 2 gala apples, peeled, cored and diced {or a sweet apple of your choice}
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar {or use honey}
  • 2 Tablespoon butter (chopped into sections)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pecans {or walnuts}
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine butternut squash, apples, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Mix well.
  3. In a baking dish that has a lid pour the butternut squash mixture and spread evenly.
  4. Place chopped butter throughout the butternut squash mixture. Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Add the raisins, cranberries and pecans, use tongs or a spoon to toss everything together, cover and place the dish back in the oven for 15 more minutes, until the butternut squash is tender and lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and stir. Serve warm.

Notes

All ovens vary on cooking time so please check to see if the butternut squash is cooked through as you near the end of cooking time. If the squash isn't tender to your liking cook for a few more minutes.

You can use honey in place of the brown sugar.

You can substitute acorn squash in this recipe for the butternut squash if you want.

You can use Macintosh or any other baking apples instead of gala.

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