Roasted Squash with Honey Butter & Gremolata
Squash, squash, squash.
I have squash on the brain.
When I grew up, the only squash we ate was acorn squash at Thanksgiving or maybe a pumpkin pie (which I never liked, cause from a can).
My grandmother would bake the squash with cinnamon, sugar and butter. It was a special treat.
These days, there are so many varieties to choose from: Kabocha; Delicata; Butternut; Honeynut (my fave); Acorn....blah blah blah.
I like the varieties best that you don't have to peel, with edible skin (kabocha, delicata).
Squash in pasta; squash in cakes....I love it all.
Here, I made Goop's recipe for a gremolata (parsley, nuts and garlic) and topped the roasted squash wedges with that yummy stuff just before serving....and a drizzle of warm honey butter.
I also left the seeds in the squash for the first time. I read how yummy they were, and had health benefits.
The seeds were crunchy and yummy and were a nice bonus!
I made a honey butter to drizzle over the roasted squash, which is my go to for roasted carrots too.....2 tbsp butter w/ a tablespoon of honey in the microwave for 20 seconds.
Here's the basic recipe for roasted squash with gremolata. You can use pistachios if you don't have hazelnuts.
This stuff is good one everything.
Cut up some winter squash into wedges.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle w/ olive oil & kosher salt.
Roast in a 425F oven for about 30 minutes (if using kabocha or delicata, you will need less time).
Make sure to turn the squash over after halfway point.
While the squash is roasting, make the gremolata.
2 cloves garlic
1 small bunch parsley, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
pinch of hot pepper flakes
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
zest of 1 small lemon
I like to do this by hand, by chopping everything together, incorporating the garlic into the mixture. Set aside.
After your squash is done, remove to a platter and top each piece with gremolata. Then drizzle with the honey butter (method above).
Sprinkle with some sea salt and dive in
This would also be good paired with hummus or yogurt.
Do your thang.