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Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash

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Butternut squash stuffed with squash mash, blue cheese, and pecans, topped with a buttery and crispy topping. Perfect to change up the Thanksgiving table! 8 servings

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 0
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Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash  

As prepared by Baked Bree

Who says only potatoes can be twice baked? Not butternut squash, that’s for sure!


Change up your fall side dish with this awesome take on the twice baked potato. Meet my Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash. First tweak? Use butternut squash. Totally screams fall. Sweet and creamy. But we can do better than that, can’t we? Uh. Yeah. Add blue cheese and pecans. Flavor will explode in your mouth.

The blue cheese cuts through the sweetness of the squash and the pecans add serious crunch. The best part? The panko top. Buttery and crispy. What more can you ask for?

Want to see how to do it? Let’s get busy.

Butternut squash cut in half

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Wash the outside of the squash. I cheat a little. Okay, maybe a lot. I like my filling to be overflowing, and I guarantee that by roasting an additional squash, but only stuffing one. Slice it in half. Cutting this bad boy is no joke, so please be careful!

Scooping out butternut squash

Scoop out the seeds. I like to use an ice cream scooper.

Butternut squash on roasting pan, seasoned with salt and pepper

Put the squash into a roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper.

Butternut squash on roasting pan filled with 1/4 water

Fill the pan 1/4 of the way with water.

Butternut squash covered with aluminum foil

Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes. The squash will be tender and a fork will come out easily. Reduce the heat to 425 degrees.

Scooped out squash in bowl

Let the squash cool a little, you don’t want to burn yourself. When it is cool enough to handle, scoop out half of the flesh. Put into a large bowl.

Adding butter, blue cheese, pecans, and parsley

Add butter, blue cheese, pecans, and parsley. Give it a taste. If it needs more salt and pepper, add some.

Stuffing filling back into the squash

Stuff the filling back into the squash.

Mixing together panko crumbs, melted butter, and parsley (and maybe salt and pepper)

In a small bowl, mix together panko crumbs, melted butter, and parsley. I like to add a touch of salt and pepper too.

Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash, ready to eat

Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes. The crumbs will be golden brown and the squash will be hot all the way through.

Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash, close up

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Twice Baked Blue Cheese Butternut Squash

Ingredients

2
Whole butternut squash (about 6 pounds)
1 1/2
Teaspoons kosher salt
1/2
Teaspoon ground pepper
7
Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2
Cup pecans, chopped
1/2
Cup blue cheese, crumbled
5
Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped, divided
1
Cup Progresso panko bread crumbs

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash the outside of the squash. Slice in half and scoop out seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan and fill 1/4 of the way with water. Cover with foil and roast for 30 to 45 minutes. The flesh will be tender. Take out and let cool until it can be handled. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  • 2 Scoop out half the flesh of each squash. Add the flesh to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher. Add 4 Tablespoons butter, pecans, blue cheese, and 3 Tablespoons parsley. Check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed. Stuff the squash shell with filling.
  • 3 In a small bowl, combine panko crumbs, remaining butter and parsley. Sprinkle over the squash. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes more. The top should be golden brown, and the squash hot all the way through.
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