If you’re like us, you love harvesting food from your own garden. This recipe for Alder planked squash is a perfect way to serve all that squash you harvested back in the fall. It’s wonderful as a side dish, or on its own.

Servings: 6 (as a side dish)


  • 5×11” Alder Plank
  • 1 small Winter Squash of your choosing (orange meat center)
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter – room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw Cashews

Chef's Tip

Winter squash is harvested in
the fall and stored through the
winter. Store at 50°F in a dry
and dark spot.


  1. Soak alder plank in hot water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill to 400°F.
  3. Cut squash in vertical sections along the ribs (3/4” thick) – seeds removed.
  4. Place sliced squash crescents on plank and dab top sides of squash with butter.
  5. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle cinnamon.
  6. Place loaded plank on grill and shut lid. Approximately 30 minutes cooking time.
  7. Last 15 minutes, add cashews to planked squash.
  8. Have spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups.
  9. Grill until tender.
  10. Enjoy with or without the outer peel!