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Holiday Hasselback Butternut Squash

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It feels like forever since I’ve been on here! The last recipe post I did was at the end of October, just when things started to get a bit hectic as my husband was preparing for surgery. I had just had surgery in August and it felt like a lot to take on at first, but putting one foot in front of the other each day kept us both going. Whenever things get hard we try to keep a positive attitude and find the joy. I started sharing more of this on Instagram, if you want to look back at the posts just search under the #GlassFullofOptimism hashtag.

My husband hadn’t had a surgery like this since 2008, and that last surgery was a pretty tough one so we had to prepare for all the possibilities. The surgery was set for the day before Thanksgiving and we ended up spending about 3.5 weeks in the hospital afterwards. It was difficult at times, but we’ve found that the only way to get through stressful moments is to love more, laugh more and trust that God has you in the palm of His hands. We ended up spending more time in the hospital than expected but everything fell in to place and we are grateful to have made it back home in time for Christmas!

Since we missed out on Celebrating Thanksgiving with our family and friends, we’re doing Christmas a bit bigger this year to make up for it! These Hassleback Butternut Squash had to make it on the Holiday menu, they just scream “Let’s Celebrate!” dontchathink? I like to use organic squash as they tend to be smaller in size which makes them cook up quicker and easier to peel! In the picture above you can see the size reference in my hand, these are perfect sized butternut for hasselbacking!

Holiday Hasselback Butternut Squash

Holiday Hasselback Butternut Squash


  • 2 small butternut squash
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fruit sweetened dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few handfuls of pomegranate arils to decorate, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a pan with foil, add bacon slices and cook in oven until crispy, about 15-20 mins., set aside to cool and reserve bacon grease.
  3. Place a towel under your cutting board to stabilize, cut squash lengthwise, de-seed and peel.
  4. Lay each squash slice cut side down on your cutting board, place chopsticks/skewers/butter knives one on either side of the squash and thinly slice like an accordian. Placing the sticks/knivesup against either side of squash will help you not slice all the way through. We want the slices still attached to the squash.
  5. Use reserved bacon fat to grease a lined pan and liberally brush tops of butternut squash with the bacon fat.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 40-45 mins. or until tender.
  7. Pour maple syrup over squash and turn oven to broil to brown up the tops for a few mins. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  8. Remove squash and top with chopped bacon, pecans and cranberries. Can stuff bacon pieces in random butternut slices for a fun look.
  9. Add pomegranate arils on top if desired and pepper. Serve immediately.
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I topped them with some crispy bacon and Lots of goodies from my favorite online shop Vitacost I love their maple syrup, apple juice sweetened cranberries and raw pecans to name just a few. They have amazing deals on all my favorite pantry staples! If you want to make this Whole30 friendly, just omit the maple syrup! It’s such a pretty side to serve for any holiday meal! I hope you make it and if you do, snap a photo to share with me on Instagram, just use #paleopaparazzi so I don’t miss seeing it!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.