Grilled Maple- and Pecan-Topped Butternut Squash

Sweet syrup and zesty orange peel bring fabulous flavor to grilled butternut squash.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 4

2
small butternut squash (1 1/2 lb each)
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2
teaspoons grated orange peel
4
tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4
cup chopped pecans

  • 1 Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Cut four 18x12-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil. Cut each squash lengthwise in half; remove seeds. Place squash half, cut side up, on each piece of foil. Sprinkle with salt.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix butter, orange peel and 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup. Brush over squash halves. Fold foil over squash so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again. Allow space on sides for circulation and expansion.
  • 3 Cover and grill packets over medium-low heat 50 to 60 minutes, rotating packets 1/2 turn after 25 minutes, until squash is tender. Place packets on plates. Cut large X across top of each packet; fold back foil. Sprinkle pecans over squash; drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup.

Expert Tips

Winter squash, such as butternut, are an excellent source of beta-carotene and potassium.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
22g
22%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
440%;
Vitamin C
30%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.