Friday, October 28, 2016

Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

If you're like me, you've had your share of killing time waiting in a doctor's reception room. Sometimes however, there are magazines to read that don't date back to the Nixon era and from which I can glean some good recipes. 
Since butternut squash is one of my favorite vegetables, and the season is upon us, this twist on the classic tarte tatin made with butternut squash, rather than the traditional apples, caught my eye while I waited for my name to be called during a recent appointment.
It starts out with roasting half moons of butternut squash, seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper.
The roasted squash is delicious as is, just out of the oven as a side dish, but this recipe, with a hint of honey, transforms it into something special.
Layer the slices in an oven-proof skillet (cast iron is best), overlapping the edges slightly.
Fill in the center with another piece of squash.
Place a piece of puff pastry on top, and pierce holes into it with a fork.
Bake in the oven until golden,then carefully flip onto a plate.
It's a side dish fit for your Thanksgiving meal - or your family's everyday dinner table.
Now if only I could find a recipe this good each time I'm sitting in the doctor's reception room, I might not complain about that last one hour wait!
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Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

1 (1 1/2 pounds) butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch-thick half moons
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
fresh rosemary, finely minced
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
3 T. unsalted butter (I used two)
1 t. lemon zest
1 T. lemon juice
1/3 cup honey

-Preheat the oven to 400 degree. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment. On the prepared pan, toss squash with oil, a pinch of salt, and about 3/4 of the rosemary. Spread in an even layer and roast until browned and tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly on a plate.
-Meanwhile, cut the pastry into a round the same size as the top of a 9 to 10-inch cast iron skillet. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate.
-Melt butter in the cast iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in lemon zest and juice, honey and remaining rosemary. Remove from heat and when squash is done, drizzle most of it over the squash, leaving a thick layer in the bottom of the skillet.
-Arrange squash in concentric circle in the skillet over the remaining butter mixture. Scrape any juices from the plate into the skillet. Place the pastry over the squash, and prick with a fork all around.
-Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let pan cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. (I omitted this step because I was impatient.) Wearing oven mitts, center a serving dish over the skillet and carefully flip both together, then lift the skillet off the taste. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.

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Janie said...

Love this! So gorgeous and I'm always looking for new ways to serve butternut squash.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm all over this!

Claudia said...

Printing for husband because he doesn't get enough squash (because I won't peel it and chop it.) Such an autumn beauty! (And I always search for recipes in the doctor's office. Remember when they used to subscribe? These days I think they wait for donations.)

Faith Bahadurian said...

This is beautiful...but you should bill your doctor for that hour!

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I love the color -- it is gorgeous! I could eat the whole thing I am so partial to butternut squash. I can't get enough of it. Doctor's offices are super for catching up on what the famous and wealthy are up to. I find out so much about the Kardashians -- more than I ever wanted to know ;-) Have a great weekend.

Paola said...

A clever and creative twist on an old classic and just perfect at this time of year. I am sure it would pair nicely with a glass of chilled prosecco and friends.

Rosa said...

A wonderful idea! This tarte satin looks delicious.



Rossella said...

Che meraviglia ! Mette allegria la tua torta di zucca ! ciao !!!

Chiara Giglio said...

adesso che la zucca mi piace apprezzerò anche questa ricetta, grazie ! Buon weekend

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Glad you found such a great recipe in the waiting room, Linda! I love squash too and know I'd love this one! I've been spending more time in my OT's office than anywhere else :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've made this with beets! Also very good, and very pretty if you buy different colored beets.

I hear you on MD waiting rooms--when I was going through my eye troubles I saw my doctore every week for months--not fun!