Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Tart


Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion - MHS

How’re you doing with that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier?

Well, I’ve got one last rich dish to offer up before you pitch everything creamy and indulgent that’s still in the fridge:

Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Tarts.

My pals at Welcome Home Brands sent me these disposable oven-safe 4-inch ruffled baking cups… just perfect for making individual tarts. They’re great for any fun event (they come in a lot of other colors and shapes). Adds a pop of fun, don’t you think? You can also make this dish in a pie or larger tart pan, as in the recipe below.

So here’s the last blast… full of fat and flavor and, oh, so delicious: Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Tarts.

You’ll need a 2-lb butternut squash for this recipe. If your squash is bigger and you have extra, roast all of it and save it for later in the week… you are going to start eating healthier, right?


Plated + Served: Cheesy Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges


Acorn squash is the Johnny Depp of the vegetable world.

It can play spicy (Pirates of the Caribbean), or sweet (Finding Neverland). With a little seasoning, it can be bold (Sweeney Todd) or amazingly interesting (Alice in Wonderland).

Acorn squash is available year round and is a great source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. You can bake it, steam it, sauté it, simmer it or cook it in the microwave. Very versatile… like a good actor.

This recipe is an easy way to showcase the talents of the acorn squash. Use whatever cheese you have on hand along with your favorite seasoning, to make it the star of the plate or just a supporting player.

Hmmm… I wonder if Johnny Depp is as much a fan of squash as Mama is of his movies?



I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com