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Roasted Butternut Squash

Squash + Amazing Balsamic creates a great side dish!

Omit the cheese for a vegan option!

Prep time:

Ingredients:

Butternut:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut in to 3"or 4" sticks no more than 1" thick
  • 2 tablespoons of robust Pour Olive's UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil such as Picual or Coratina
  • 2 tablespoons of Pour Olive's Balsamic- Cinnamon Pear or Vermont Maple is excellent
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Pumpkin Seed Pesto:
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh sage leaves
  • 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup shelled, toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup Pour Olive's super "fruity" Medium intensity UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil or an infused olive oil such as Mushroom Sage Olive Oil, Gremolata Olive Oil, or Garlic Olive Oil (we always have a "fruity" opt at our shop)
  • 1/3 cup + 1/3 cup ricotta salata, feta, or grated Pecorino can be used as a substitute
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Butternut:

  1. Preheat the broiler or oven to 500 F. and adjust the rack to the the highest position in the oven.
  2.  Combine the oil and vinegar in a bowl large enough to hold the butternut squash. Whisk to combine the oil and vinegar thoroughly. Toss the butternut squash with the mixture and arrange the squash in a single layer on a shallow, lined baking sheet.
  3.  Liberally season the squash with salt and pepper. Roast the squash for 10 minutes per side, flipping half way through, until the edges turn golden brown.
Pumpkin Seed & Sage Pesto:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor or jar of a blender, add the sage leaves, 1/3 cup of toasted pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and cheese. Process until the paste is fine in consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Assembly:
  • Arrange the butternut squash on a decorative platter. (I built tall stacks with the butternut squash sticks).
  • Drizzle the pesto all over the butternut squash, followed by the reserved toasted pumpkin seeds, and the reserved cheese. Serve warm.

    Serves 4-6