Butternut ‘Noodles’ with Apples & Bacon

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Today we continue on with dinners that we like to eat at home.

One of my favorite dishes I’ve ever made was with a Butternut Apple Pecan Bake with Bacon Wrapped Pork (click the link for the recipe). The flavor combo is amazing!

For a few weeks I’ve had it in my mind that I wanted to use our spiralizer and make butternut ‘noodles’.

My husband is amazing. He does all the tough stuff for me. Like using the spiralizer, in this instance. He also uses the mandolin for me. I trust him more than myself.

I also decided to pair this with some diced apples. Toss in a some bacon and sausage for the top.

So delicious and yummy!

20170815_190418Butternut Noodles with Apples & Bacon

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 6 oz. ground sausage
  • cooking fat for cooking: coconut oil, ghee, butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Caramel Apple Galette

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For some reason I cannot make something apple without also making caramel. To me you can not have one without the other. And so on Wednesday I made some caramel for the Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Pie I baked. I also had an apple left. Clearly I had to make something else. I was also deep in the midst of making some Cranberry Orange Galettes.

Galettes……

That was obviously the solution staring me in the face. thinly slice the apples. Top them in tasting fillings. Arrange them beautifully in a fan. Pinch up the sides and wrap the apples up. Bake. Drizzle in caramel.

Perfection. There is something too about the smell of a pie baking, especially when it’s apples and cinnamon. It makes the kitchen smell like Fall and Thanksgiving.

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Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie

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It is pie season!

That means my slight obsession and love of pies is completely acceptable and beneficial! It also means my spare time and day dreams  are filled with pie ideas and of course baking them. Last week I spent Wednesday baking up all my pumpkin and apple combinations. Then I switched it up Thursday and made ALL my pies out of cranberries.

Not only do I have all these pies to sell, but mostly I made them to share with you!

This pie was a sleeper for me. I wasn’t as enthused for it as I was for some others (I was pumped for the Chocolate Cranberry Pecan I have coming later this week). I will be honest that the real lack of enthusiasm is because I am not a pumpkin pie fan. However, this apple filling was delicious! And  it harmonized beautifully with the pumpkin. It added more flavors and another texture. This all made it one of my favorite pies out of ALL of them.

Plus there seems to be some very traditional pies this time of year. At work I have been making apple, pecan, pumpkin and cherry. So it is nice to combine some, so you don’t have to make so many individual ones!

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Butternut Apple Bake

005Walking down the grocery aisle I couldn’t help but notice a butternut and apple dish. Of course it was probably spiked with refined sugar, so I decided to recreate my own version. Butternut is only something I have recently come to know and love. Now I usually replace pumpkin recipes with butternut. I made this dish originally a month ago for Tab and one of her Crossfit buddies. It was an instant hit. Last week I served it one again at a friends dinner evening. This time I even got praise from Tab’s picky non-veggie eating boyfriend. If I can get a food stickler to not only eat, but praise a dish, I know it’s good. Note: I don’t mind cutting up a squash, but the first time Tab tried she called me proclaiming her greater appreciation for me because she had not only spent over an hour working on it, but she’d nearly lost more than one finger. They do sell pre-cubed squash. Now with fall quickly approaching, this is the perfect seasonal dish for you to serve up at your Autumn shindigs.

Butternut Apple Bake