Maple-Bellavitano Hasselback Butternut Squash
1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cubed
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 ounces Keystone Farms Cheese Bellavitano Tennessee Whiskey, shredded (1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped candied pecans
Fresh sage leaves, minced
1 Heat oven to 425°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
2 Cut top and bottom off of squash. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds and discard. Remove skin with a vegetable peeler. Brush squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down on prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until just tender.
3 When cool enough to handle, transfer squash cut side down to a cutting board. Cut squash widthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, taking care to not cut all the way through. Return squash cut side down to baking pan.
4 Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in maple syrup and cinnamon. Brush squash with butter mixture. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until squash is tender, brushing with butter mixture every 20 minutes.
5 Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with pecans and sage.
To help cut the squash into even slices without going all the way through: Place two thin, long-handled spoons, one on each side of the squash, to use as cutting guides.
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