Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Roasted Acorn Squash


This has to be one of the easiest, most delicious and most colorful side dishes you can make for your Thanksgiving table - or for any fall or winter meal, really.
Acorn squash, aside from its rich taste and nutritious qualities, has the added benefit of thin, edible skin - no peeling necessary.
The hardest part is cutting the slices -- you need a sturdy knife and steady hand.
But once that's done, you simply roast the slices in the oven, then sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top, with a drizzle of balsamic syrup, and a scattering of fresh herbs. I've used parsley and lemon balm, but if you're a cilantro fan, that would be welcome too.

Roasted Acorn Squash 

Wash the squash thoroughly, then cut in half. Remove seeds, then cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Coat each side of the slices with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper and herbs. I use a homemade herb salt, but you can mince some fresh or dry herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sprinkle on top.

Place on a cookie sheet and put into a preheated 425 degree oven. They'll need only 5 to 7 minutes, after which you'll flip to the other side. They're done when they pierce easily with a fork. Remove them to a platter, then drizzle a balsamic glaze on top. (If you can't find balsamic glaze in the store, make your own by boiling down supermarket balsamic vinegar until thick and syrupy.) 
Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and scatter fresh herb leaves on top (I use either parsley or lemon balm or a combination of the two.)
 
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14 comments:

Rosa said...

A wonderful combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

Frank Fariello said...

I love simple, straight-forward cooking like this. All the best, Frank

Claudia said...

Colorful, simple, not fussy - my favorite type of recipe. Added bonus: pretty. Perfect for autumn.

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

It is gorgeous. I can picture this at Christmas time. The seeds look like jewels. It's almost too pretty to eat. Have a great day!!

daniela64 said...

Una ricetta davvero interessante con una fantastica presentazione , ideale anche per le feste di Natale . Un saluto e un abbraccio, Daniela.

Stacey Snacks said...

We both have squash on the brain today!
Beautiful presentation!

Paola said...

This colorful dish will make any holiday table look festive! We all need something delicious that won't take hours in the kitchen, thank you Linda and Happy Thanksgiving.

Chiara Giglio said...

cara Linda trovo così festoso questo piatto,passa una felice festa del Ringraziamento, un abbraccio grande !

Roz Corieri Paige said...

I love the combination of savory with the sweetness of the balsamic glaze. Nice and easy too on such a busy day!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Love all the colors and taste of course, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Absolutely stunning, and so festive, it looks like a holiday wreath!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

A perfect side for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, Linda. My family enjoys winter squash of all kinds and this looks especially pretty!

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

We have seen so many acorn squash recipes but love your easy version and will try it this week! Thanks for the recipe!

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