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The Future Mrs. Butternut Squash

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Our future together looks bright (bright orange!)

First things first: A lot of you asked how I got the squash to look so “fry-like.” It’s thanks to this cool gadget, called a “fry cutter,” that looks something like this:

“Butter(nut) Me Up” Fries
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • salt
  • cinnamon (optional, but awesome)
  • oil or oil spray
Cut the squash into fry shapes (using a fry cutter or a knife). Preheat the oven to 425 F. Put the fries and spices into a big Ziploc-type bag and mix. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, then toss in a little oil or spray with a bit of oil spray. (Wipe with a paper towel so it’s even on the foil.) Spread your fries on the baking sheet and shove ’em in the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your fries, and depending on how many fries you put on the baking sheet.


Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. alaina says:

    haha, i can eat a whole head of cauliflower by myself 😉 i loooove packin away the veggies.

  2. Kiki says:

    My tummy certainly would be happy if you were my personal chef! Thanks for the fries recipe. The ones I make just uses oil, salt+pepper and are lacking the kick cinnamon would give. Nom nom. Hope you had a great Sunday!

  3. Eddie G says:

    Yum! I haven’t tried Lightlife chicken strips…I’m still stuck on Morning Star Farms :)

  4. Ricki says:

    They do sound yummy–and what a cool gadget! I like Joaquin as well–great actor, vegan, but now that he’s retired from acting and is “singing,” he’s just a bit too “out there” for me, I think!

  5. laci says:

    I tried those fries yesterday and they were amazing! I had some creamy cheeze whiz dip (from the ultimate uncheese cookbook) leftover and used that for dipping… they’re like canday sweet! (But take FOREVER to chop and peel !:( ) I’ve enver seen that contraption but since BNSFs will definalty be a lagre part of my fav. foods in the near future, I’ll be on the lookout! And that meal looks fabulous… I need to try wheatberriers and ween myself off the traditional oats! =)

  6. cinnamonapple says:

    I think I definitely need to start making those fries–amazing!

  7. kirsten says:

    you eat the most well rounded meals :) Where did you get that fry cutter?

  8. Mrs. LC says:

    yummmm your bnut fries look so good!! Actually that whole meal looked delish, I really want to try wheatberries! I just haven’t found them yet!

  9. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Cool! Those fries look awesome!

  10. Katie says:

    SQUASH! The name alone makes me laugh. In a good way…I love my seasonal veggies!

  11. shelby says:

    Mmm, I’ve yet to try cinnamon on top but yum! Katie, you always have the best ideas.

    My tummy would be happy with just the veggies, I swear if I could only live on veggies I would!

  12. Meg says:

    Love the fry cutter! I definitely need to get one. I also need to have some butternut fries soon!

  13. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    I just love your blog Katie. I really want one of those fry-cutters. I use my mandolin. It’s great, but the fry-cutter looks easier to use. I love putting cinnamon on my fries! YUM. Don’t even get me started on the broccoli…it’s my favorite green veggie. Our house always stinks.
    Have a good week. :)

  14. selina says:

    yes. Joaquin Phoenix rocks my world. yum!

    and so do those fries! yum!

  15. River says:

    Not sure what’s going on with Joaquin Phoenix right now. He’s rapping?

    Anyway, I must get me one of those easy fry-cutters. And next time we go to the grocery store, we’re buying a Mr. Butternut Squash!

  16. Marianne says:

    Fry-cutter eh? Can’t say I’ve ever seen one of those before. Looks interesting.

    And your meal does look tasty! But I don’t think I could eat that much in one sitting.

  17. erica says:

    your chocolate covered meal of the day is making my stomach growl.

  18. Lauren says:

    i lovve butternut squash fries! i can eat the whole squash myself, but i usually try to make sure i’m sharing them with someone haah 😉
    that cutter is so cool though! im sure it saves SO much time!!

  19. Kiersten says:

    what a cool kitchen gadget, i need to find one of those

  20. Maggie says:

    That’s my secret ingredient too 😀 I also put oregano. You should try it!

  21. sweetandfit says:

    you seriously are a card-carrying member of the clean plate club!

  22. Lisa says:

    Yum, cinnamon!

    I always wanted to try squash fries, but the idea of cutting up those very hard squashes (especially the butternuts) makes me have visions of Things Ending Badly And Me With A Knife Stuck In My Eye. Seriously. This is what I think about.

    So I’m liking the idea of the fry cutter.

    … at least until I get it Stuck In My Eye.

  23. Alice (in Veganland) says:

    I’m SO thrilled about these fries! they look so awesome!
    Lately I’ve been eating apples cut in wedges with cinnamon and they make me think of you!

  24. Vegetation says:

    Yay! The fries recipe. Yum! And I’m so glad I’m not the only person who can eat almost an entire bag of veggies alone *blush*

  25. Lauren says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE JOAQUIN!!! :) I tease hubby all the time that he is on my list of famous people (you know like the Friends episode) haha!! Anyway, butternut squash fries are so awesome! I need to make some soon! And that fry cutter, what a great invention!

  26. Kate says:

    I love the bunnernut files! haha Looks like we both had chopstick days yesterday?! Good call I think.

  27. shellyfish says:

    Oh I need me a fry cutter!!!! And yeah, I can pack away the veg, too!

  28. talesofexpansion says:

    i’ve never seen a fry-cutter … what a convenient gadget!!

    looooooooooove walk the line! joaquin is def steamy :-)

  29. seitanismymotor says:

    OMG, I want a fry cutter!

  30. Sagan says:

    I didn’t know he was vegan! Cool.

    I love your gadget. I’ve got an acorn squash in the cupboard but I’m thinking that it probably can’t be cut into fries- what do you reckon?

  31. fitforfree says:

    I think you should smother your veggies with mole sauce, so it’s a truly Chocolate-Covered meal 😉

  32. TavoLini says:

    neato gadget! I love potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes–pretty much any kind of fry :)

  33. Fitnessista says:

    a fry cutter!? oh i need one asap
    no wonder your fries are so beautiful!
    ccv, is there anything you can’t do? seriously 😀 you are one talented chica

  34. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    I’ve loved the butternut series! I’m so into the perfect looking fries! Beautiful!

  35. T says:

    Love the fry gadget. I don’t think I would eat anything else if I had one of those. Just think of all the fry possibilities…

  36. Jen aka Jewbacca says:

    so that’s the secret to your fry uniformity! i gotta get me one of those things.

  37. ttfn300 says:

    a fry cutter?? how kewl!!

  38. DJ says:

    I’ve not seen ‘Walk The Line’ but I do love a bit of Johnny Cash – those squash fries look ACE!

  39. Bianca says:

    I want a fry cutter!!! Oh well, until then, I slave over my cutting board. Butternut squash is such a bitch to cut. But so good!

  40. ConsiderEatz! says:

    Oh boy, those babies are legit!
    Thanks for letting us in 😉

  41. foodfashionfun says:

    hahaha, we USED to have one of those! About two weeka go I washed teh cobwebs off of it and started using it on a fat potato.. bad idea! I completely broke the whole nifty gadget!

  42. aredcardigan says:

    I love Joaquin and find him so inspiration to stay vegan. Not that it’s difficult but such a plus to say, “hey a hottie who’s muy talented is vegan!”

    Wow the meal looks awesome. Ya lucky bunny!

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I appreciate all your comments =)

  43. lighterportions says:

    Umm k so there is this butternut squash thing sitting on my counter right now just waiting to be CCV fryified. Tomorrow!

  44. Nicole ( says:

    Woah! Fry cutter! I love it.

  45. Vegan_Noodle says:

    What a cool contraption!! Another thing to add to my kitchen tools. I went to WF yesterday and they were out of butternut squash!!

  46. Joanna says:

    those fries are too adorable. i bet they are delicious!

    i had no idea about joaquin!! that makes him sexier than he already was.

  47. Sanja says:

    I LOVED Walk the Line. Although now, I don’t think I can ever hear Cry, cry, cry and not think about fries again…

  48. acookinthemaking says:

    build me up butternut–love it! butternut never goes out of style

  49. Vaala says:

    J is my own personal fry cutter but if I found something like that I might have to make him unemployed (perhaps he could just take over the role of chef instead?)!

  50. Bethany says:

    the butternut files, too funny. where’s scully?

    you always have such cute pics of your meals. and they are so healthy and yummy looking.

  51. HangryPants says:

    WHat a cool fry cutting tool! I need one.

    You’ve reminded me that I need to try blending my grains again soon!

  52. El says:

    Do you have a trick for peeling the squash? I made one recipe that called for a cut up squash and even though I’ve been dying to make these fries, I can’t stand the idea of having to peel a squash again. It took me forever.

  53. Hey El,
    Ugh, peeling squashes is not fun!! I just peel them with a carrot-peeler. I wish there was an easier way! Maybe try a knife?

    Don’t you wish there were such a thing as a Personal Squash-Fry-Maker? Then we could hire him/her to make squash fries for us all day :o)


  54. El says:

    Well, I think I am going to have to give in and peel a squash. I get the feeling that it will be worth it, as every vegan/vegetarian blog I look at gushes about these.

  55. Kayla says:

    My squash ( and sweet potato) fry recipe is pretty similar but I add another secret ingredient. Dried Chipotle pepper. Do you shop for spices at Whole Foods? You can find ground up, dried chipolte peppers there. It tastes really yummy! It made my sister actually like sweet potatoes and she used to hate them!

    1. I’ll have to look for it! Yay, another reason to experiment with sweet potatoes… as if I needed another ;).

  56. Bethany says:

    I love your blog. I’m literally on here every day! I keep finding a bunch of new and exciting recipes that aren’t in the index! It’s like a yummy savenger hunt! Keep up the great work!

    1. Aw thanks! Haha yeah I need to work on updating the recipe index! 😕