BUTTERNUT SQUASH BRAISED with THYME & CIDER

Sweet butternut squash is a perfect vegetable to braise in the slow cooker because it becomes caramelized and tender when cooked low and slow.  The addition of thyme and apple cider gives this squash lots of personality.

½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

¼ c. firmly packed light brown sugar

1 c. apple cider

2 tsp. dried thyme

4 c. 1-inch chunks peeled and seed butternut squash

Combine all the ingredients in 5- to 7-qt. Slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high for 3 ½ to 4 hrs., until squash is tender.  Serve squash from cooker set on warm.  Also excellent pureed.  Serves 6-8.  Found in Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever by Diane Phillips.

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