Roasted Honeynut Squash w/ Fresh Mozzarella

Have you tried these little honeynut squash?   They are a game changer.

They are compact, so you don't have to fiddle with peeling the skin and almost slicing your hand off, like those annoying huge butternut squash.

They have a nutty sweetness, so you can bake with them too.

The skin is thin and totally edible like a delicata squash.

I'm in love with them.    I found them at the farmer's market and hope you can still find some for the holidays.

This recipe may sound odd, stuffing squash with cheese, but I promise you will love it.

I wanted an easy side dish, and I was tired of the brown sugar and pecan topping (does anybody tire of that?) on squash.

I liked this served hot, so the fresh mozzarella (the kind in water) oozed all over the savory squash.     

Pesto is optional, but I loved the look and taste.   A drizzle of balsamic vinegar just before serving for sweetness (I would even do maple syrup!  why not?).

Here's how:

honeynut squash, cut in half, seeds scooped out
a pat of butter or drizzle of olive oil on each half
kosher salt
fresh mozzarella balls (the kind packed in water)
balsamic vinegar to drizzle

Lay the squash halves on a parchment lined baking sheet.  

Drizzle w/ olive oil or butter and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Roast in a 425F oven for 30-35 minutes.

Just before serving, and still warm, place a piece of fresh mozzarella in each of the cavities.   Some herbs or pesto to top.    A drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

This is SO good!  I hope you try it.


Katie C. said…
I’ve sort of half heard of those squash recently. Now I just need to find some. We are definitely squash eaters in this house. I have some delicata sitting on the counter right now 😋
Stacey Snacks said…
Honeynuts are not easy to find....I hear some Trader Joe's have them.....I bought a bunch at the farmer's market last weekend and keep them in the fridge.
They last a while.

Katie C. said…
Thanks for the heads up!
Kimt said…
Just bought some of these yesterday and was looking for a recipe. Will give this a try. Love that it is savory and not so sweet.
Alison V. said…
I bought one last week. It was so sweet when roasted!I'm going to try your recipe next.
Anonymous said…
Really great idea. Thank you.