Step 1. Buy a butternut squash with a neck almost as tall as your cat. If you don’t have a cat, borrow one from a neighbor. Don’t tell them why you need the cat. Trust me.
Step 2. Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Crush a garlic clove in a mortar or small bowl and pour a tablespoons of olive oil over it. Crush the garlic some more. Set aside.
Step 3. Whack the round part off the squash and reserve for something else (or halve it, seed it, fill it with butter and brown sugar, and roast it along with the rounds). Peel the neck down to the orange flesh. If you haven’t peeled a butternut squash before, you’ll think it’s easy, then get more and more depressed when you realize it’s a lot of work. The cat cannot help you here.
Step 4. Cut the peeled neck into 3/4-inch thick slices. This is easier if you rock the squash as you slice through it.
Step 5. Lay the butternut squash rounds on a baking sheet and brush with the garlic oil. Flip them over and brush the other side with more oil. Sprinkle with kosher or sea salt, ground black pepper, and minced sage leaves.
Step 6. Roast 15-20 minutes or until tender. Pet the cat while you wait, maybe scritch it behind the ears. Cats like that.
Step 7. Eat the squash rounds.
Step 8. Return cat, if borrowed.