Friday, November 6, 2009

Praline Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Casserole

A wonderful side dish combining butternut squash with sweet potato and a praline topping.
A wonderful side dish combining seasonal butternut squash with sweet potato and a praline topping, perfect for the holidays.

Praline Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Casserole

Try adding this combination of sweet potatoes with butternut squash to your holiday menu.

We have a pretty short window of availability for any kind of winter squash in the south, and butternut barely gets a passing glance in the grocery stores here. Given that, it isn't a squash that I have experimented with much.

One thing I did find, however, was that I was not too wild about it at all in any kind of soup form, which seems one of the most common ways it is presented.

It didn't take me long to figure out that I preferred butternut be treated more on the sweet side than the savory, but I'm not too into sweet soups either. I have to say though, I was super pleased with the way that this dish turned out.

Picture of butternut squash prepared for oven.

The squash and the sweet potatoes marry together so well in this dish, and the praline topping is just a perfect accent.

My husband aka The Cajun is not a veggie eater, though he will eat sweet potatoes. I managed to pull off this recipe without him knowing there was a bit of squash in it all! He simply thought it was sweet potato casserole. Hey. Don't judge. You do what you gotta do!

I photographed this on a Christmas plate thinking that it would be perfect for that special menu, but, of course, this is a great side dish for Thanksgiving too!

If you'd rather stick with the traditional sweet potato casserole with a marshmallow or praline topping, then click right here and we'll take you right to that recipe!  Click here for more traditional southern Thanksgiving dishes, and since it's right behind, click here for some Christmas recipes.

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