Baked Delicata Squash Fries

Baked delicata squash fries.

Sometimes I have moments where I’ll be sitting on the sofa, dilly dallying or working on my computer, and then suddenly get the urge to get up and make something in the kitchen…like pronto! Seriously, it’ll just happen out of the blue. I actually like when this happens though because it feels spur of the moment, fun and usually results in something delicious. Does this happen to anyone else?

These squash fries are the result of one of those moments. It’s a simple recipe and maybe something you’ve made or tried before, but for me it was new. Sure, I roast veggies and squash all the time, but this was my first attempt at squash fries…at least I think it was.

Anyway, make these and do your best to save some for your husband, wife, significant other, roomie, kids, etc. If you want though, you can keep them all to yourself and I won’t blame you one bit. I resisted eating the whole batch and saved some for Jesse. Could I have downed the whole batch? Yes, easily. But I felt like Jesse deserved to taste these cinnamon-y bites, especially because he loves delicata squash so much. I guess I’m a pretty nice person.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium delicata squash, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds (remove seeds from center after cutting)
  • 2 Tbsp melted grass-fed ghee (coconut oil works too)
  • Himalayan sea salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
Cut like so.

Cut like so.

Spread on baking sheet and toss with oil and spices.

Spread on baking sheet and toss with oil and spices. I know, that one on the back is a bit thick, but I didn’t want to cut myself trying to get it thinner. It’s fine, but really, I need a mandolin slicer.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place squash rounds on a baking sheet and pour melted ghee over top. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, chili powder and sea salt, and toss together.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring a couple times to prevent burning.
  4. Serve right away, as the fries get kinda soggy after sitting out for a while.

Cinnamon, spice and everything nice.

Soft and slightly crisp.

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About paleoinpdx

Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, I moved to Portland (PDX) in 2008 after graduating from Michigan State University. I reside with my husband, Jesse and our cat, Dutch in inner NE Portland. I am a health, yoga, fitness, wellness and nutrition enthusiast, and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.

15 responses to “Baked Delicata Squash Fries”

  1. Megan says :

    I checked out the book “Paleo for Athletes” from the library and opened it up today and something that jumped out at me was that the suggestion was not to add salt to stuff… I don’t think I have a salt addiction but I think I would miss it… Have you read anything about that? (BTW these look stellar)

  2. paleoinpdx says :

    There is nothing wrong with adding light/reasonable amounts of salt to your food, but opt for better quality, non-iodized salts like sea salt. Sea salt also supplies the body with trace minerals. I know Cordain has lightened up on his views regarding saturated fats, but I’m not sure if that applies to salt too. Also, if you’re not eating processed foods, which are generally high in sodium, there’s really no harm in add salt to your foods. Remember, you body needs salt too!

  3. Cinnamoneats says :

    These look brilliant! Squash paired with cinnamon is my fave.. I’ve hardly every used delicata squash but these definitely look worth trying :)

    Thanks for another great recipe!

    • paleoinpdx says :

      Of course squash with cinnamon is your fave ;) Delicata squash is incredible and the skin is thin enough that you can eat it. They’re getting harder and harder to find though since the season is winding down. Some of the ones I have seen in the store look a little old too. This one happened to come in our CSA box and tasted great!

  4. Renee says :

    I LOVE delicata squash! I have never thought of cutting it into rings or putting cinnamon on it. I feel very lucky, there is a farm over here in Vancouver and he still has delicata. YUM! Going to make me some delicata right now for dinner. Thanks!

  5. starre says :

    I watch chopped on the food network and I usually feel like jumping up after the show and cooking. These look great. Thanks

    • paleoinpdx says :

      I love that show! I don’t have TV, but when I do have access to one (usually when I travel), I always watch Chopped. In general, I really enjoy the Food Network, but especially that show. It can definitely be inspiring to get up and cook afterward.

  6. Elizabeth says :

    These look delicious! I’ve never had delicata squash, but I will have to keep an eye out for it!!

    • paleoinpdx says :

      Delicata squash is one of my favorites! It’s becoming a lot more sparse in the stores though because it’s not really in season anymore. It’s most abundant during the fall.

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