Maple Bourbon Butternut Squash with Bacon
Butternut squash is a hearty side dish that is perfect for fall meals, but when you add bacon and glaze it all with maple syrup and bourbon, it is set a notch above the rest.
- 8 slices bacon thinly sliced
- 5 cups butternut squash cubed
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp bourbon
Preheat oven to 425 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice bacon into thin "lardoons" and cook over medium high heat until nearly done. Set bacon aside and reserve grease.
Toss butternut squash with bacon grease, salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet, and roast for about 25 minutes.
Combine maple syrup and bourbon in a small bowl.
Remove squash from oven and sprinkle bacon over the top. Pour maple bourbon mixture over squash and bacon, then stir to coat. Arrange squash and bacon in a single layer again.
Return to oven and roast for another 10-15 minutes, checking often to ensure glaze does not begin to burn.
When the bacon is crisp and the squash has began to brown, remove and enjoy!