Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jose the Dog and Butternut Squash Fries

One of my favorite parts of the week every week is going to spend Sunday evenings with my parents.  Jeremy and I corral Sampson into the car and head over for dinner.  It's always a challenge to keep Sam reasonably calm enough to not give Jose (the overly neurotic yet adorable chihuahua belonging to Mom and Dad) a massive stroke.  It's not as easy as it sounds.
Jose enjoying his throne after a romp in the snow last year.

Chicken wings were on the menu for dinner this Sunday, so I whipped up a batch of butternut squash "fries" and made a humungo salad.  And then I did something brilliant:

Using fries for croutons > using croutons for croutons.
Just look at this delicious mess.
Butternut Squash Fries
2 small butternut squash, peeled and seeds scooped out
1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Chop up squash into fry shaped pieces.  Spread out on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle desired seasonings on top of fries.  You could do cinnamon and nutmeg here for a sweet version or really any combo.  I like my fries garlicky.  Use your hands to toss the whole mess together, evenly distributing oil and spices among the fries.  Bake for 45 minutes, flipping fries once halfway through.  If they aren't as crispy as you'd like, by all means leave them in a bit longer, but just make sure to check to make sure they aren't burning.  Serve with ketchup if desired or use as a topping on a salad like the one below.

Sunshine Salad
6 cups mixed greens or salad mix
1 large avocado cut into slices
2 handfuls dry roasted almonds
1/4 cup sliced sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
2 tangerines, peeled and segmented
1 handful butternut squash fries for each serving
2 Tbsp lemon tahini dressing or citrus vinaigrette for each serving

Layer all ingredients on top of the bed of greens except the dressing (add that after the salad has been plated).  This salad is so crunchy, bright and full of citrus.  I hope it makes you think of sunshine too.  

As for Jose, he made it through a night of having all his precious little toys (Moo, Squirrely, Chicktoria, Dolphie, Roo and Baby Hedgie) slobbered all over and dominated by Sampson.  And then the next morning after the threat was gone and he had reclaimed his possessions, he neatly gathered them into a pile and peed on each one.  He might need some doggie therapy, Mom.


Ashley Godwin said...

Hahaha! Oh Jose! "Neatly gathered his toys and peed on them..."Hilarious. I can't wait to meet Sampson, and does Aunt Becky have her tree up already? Impressive! (I also like the squash fries, yum!)

Blink said...

This would be an accurate account. We love our Sunday gatherings but Jose will probably need a shrink.

Melody Ann said...

Ash- I can't wait for you to meet Sampson too! Next weekend!! Unfortunately for our festivity, but fortunately for our sanity, Mom does not have the tree up yet. This picture of Jose from last year was too cute to pass up.