Servings: 6 to 8
If bacon makes everything better, then candied bacon makes it better still. Lemon juice plus toasty hazelnuts help to balance the sweetness of the bacon and the squash. For a simpler, more casual variation of this recipe, try the Butternut Squash with Kale and Dried Cranberries.
Make Ahead Tips
The bacon can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover loosely and keep at cool room temperature.
This is a FANTASTIC recipe! I held on to the recipe clipping for years from the magazine and finally made it last night. I highly recommend taking the extra step to add the candied bacon; it really kicks it up a notch. Also, I would keep the dinosaur/lacinato kale as I don't see it having the same smooth texture if I had used regular kale; I found it at a higher end grocery store.
I didn't have strip bacon, so I took my bag of bacon crumbles and mixed it by hand with 4 Tbsp brown sugar and spread out on a baking sheet in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes to cook/glaze. We left off the nuts due to allergies and was still fantastic.
I'm printing off the recipe now for a few coworkers who were so impressed with my leftovers today (there's just 2 in my home so I always share) they want to make it for the holidays!
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