How To Cook Butternut On A Gas Grill
If butternut squash is not among your favorite winter veggies, try cooking it on the gas grill and watch it become exotic in taste. This gourd viggie is very easy to grill and you can conjure up thinly sliced grilled butternut squash drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with fresh herbs, this Thanksgiving. Cooking it on the grill preserves its sweet taste. Let us see how to do it right.
Steps to Cook Butternut on a Gas Grill
- Select a butternut squash which is heavy, rich in color, and free from blemishes.
- Wash it well and dry with kitchen towels.
- Place it on the cutting board and cut squash lengthwise into two halves. Clean out seeds and stringy material from center.
- Cut squash halves further into wedges and then into slices of desired thickness. Butternut can be cut into chunks or into bite size pieces if planning to use skewers for grilling them. Another method would be to slice butternut into rings. In this case, do not follow step 3.
- Make a marinade by mixing together cut fresh herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper etc.
- Brush this marinade over the exposed part of the squash.
- Clean the gas grill and preheat it to high temperature.
- Place squash with cut sides facing down.
- Let cook for about 10 to 15 minutes and then remove from grill.
- While cooking bite sized pieces of butternut, wrap them in aluminum foil and the place the packets in the upper rack of the grill. Alternately, thread the pieces onto skewers and place on the grill. Keep turning the skewers for even cooking.
Tips to Grill Butternuts Using A Gas Grill
- Select butternut squash that has a thick skin.
- Squash can be grilled without peeling since the skin would hold the cooked flesh and help in maintaining shape of vegetable piece.
- Be there beside the grill while squash is cooking.
Cook butternut on a gas grill and enjoy the smoky flavor that this method imparts to the sweet tasting vegetable.