Grilled Butternut Squash

28 Nov

This simple recipe for grilled butternut squash is another Padushi special, straight out of his crumbling crazy-ass diet (for new readers, the crazy-ass diet is some sort of vegan-gone-completely-over-the-edge thing that consists primarily of carrots, beets, and potatoes, and doesn’t let you combine veggies that grow above the ground with veggies that grow below the ground in the same meal. Don’t ask.)

Use the seed well to mix the oil and spice

He is, thankfully, no longer strictly on it anymore, although there are still moments of madness.

Much of what he made for the crazy-ass diet was okay eating. Some of it was just this side of edible. But this recipe, which takes the unusual step of grilling the squash, is really delicious in its own right.

Great grill marks!

It was especially handy during the power outages following Hurricane Sandy, as butternut squash, a native American squash in the Cucurbita family, is in season, doesn’t need refrigeration and the grill runs on propane, independent of nationalgrid and LIPA. We have the power back, but grilled butternut squash is delicious any time! It also has loads of vitamins (especially A) and minerals (like potassium)

Creamy inside, smoky outside!

Grilled Butternut Squash

1 butternut squash

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp Adobo powder or salty seasoning of your preference (something curried would be nice!)

Heat the grill to high.

Slice squash in half lengthwise and clean out the seeds. Discard seeds or clean, dry and roast for a separate snack.

Pour half the oil and half the seasoning into the bowls of each squash half. Using hands, mix the oil and seasoning, then spread evenly over the entire squash, including skin.

Put on hot grill, skin side first, and close grill. Cook until a fork will easily pierce all the way through (about 30 minutes), turning onto flesh side about halfway through cooking.

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8 Responses to “Grilled Butternut Squash”

  1. Karen November 29, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I never would have thought of grilling butternut squash…it sounds good.

  2. jaynemc111 November 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jayne McAllister and commented:
    This is from my friend Natalia’s wonderful blog, “Hot, Cheap and Easy.” I like the idea of not having to peel the squash plus I love anything grilled!

  3. Jayne McAllister Health Coach November 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    This is great, Natalia. I love butternut squash but I hate peeling them. Plus I get to grill year round. I’m going to try to reblog this if I may.

  4. Conor Bofin November 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    If you keep getting stuff like this, let him pretend to be on the diet for a while yet…

  5. Mad Dog November 28, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    That’s a new one to me and very interesting – I wouldn’t have thought of grilling it. I had some fantastic squash risotto last night 🙂

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy November 28, 2012 at 6:49 am #

      My dad will try just about anything on the grill! While I am not much for sweet flavors, I am thinking that a maple syrup glaze of some sort would work nicely…don’t want it sticking to the grill, but…

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