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Maple Mashed Squash with Candied Pecans

Prep time 19 mins
Cook time 37 mins
Yield 8 servings
Serve this delectable squash as an alternative to sweet potatoes.


  • 1 (4-pound) butternut squash
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 7 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

How to Make It

  1. Microwave squash on HIGH 2 minutes to soften. Cut in half. Peel squash; remove and discard seeds. Cut squash into 1" squares.

  2. Cook squash in water in a large Dutch oven 30 minutes or until tender; drain.

  3. Combine squash, 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons syrup, maple flavoring, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher until smooth.

  4. Cook pecans, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium skillet over medium-low heat 7 minutes or until syrup caramelizes and pecans begin to brown; cool in a single layer on a plate.

  5. Sprinkle pecans over squash. Serve warm.

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