Thanksgiving

November 14, 2021

Honeynut Hasselback Butternut Squash Topped with Herbed Breadcrumbs, Pomegranates and Goat Cheese

For this recipe we have simple honey nut roasted butternut squashes that get based with a honey nut mixture, plus salt and pepper before getting roasted to perfection. Roasting the nuts and honey with it guaranteed tender sweet and nutty squashes. But, the toppings are everything when it comes to this dish. I topped them with Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, goat cheese and pomegranates. With each bite you get some creaminess from the goat cheese, savoriness from the bread crumbs, and sweet bursts of juice from the pomegranates. It’s like it’s own holiday party in your mouth!

I love how you can turn butternut squash into something beautiful with a few simple ingredients. You take this classic fall staple and turn it into a uniquely fun dish, did I mention that it’s beyond easy to make and more importantly it's oh so good!

Now, I am sure you’ve worked with butternut squash before whether you’ve made it into a side dish by cutting it into cubes or pureed it into a soup, but with hasselback style you are entering a whole new world! Thinly slicing from end to end might seem tricky, but I have some tips that will help you.

You want to make sure that you cut each section thin, but not too thin. You do not need to measure each one out, just guesstimate. When cutting them thin, place a wooden spoon in between you and the squash, but place it directly next to the squash. This will stop your knife from cutting directly through the squash. It could be a little tough to cut through since it is completely raw, so if you want you can roast them a little first to soften them up and then cut though, that is another option.

When it comes to making the breadcrumbs, this does not take long at all and you need to make sure that while cooking them you watch them so they do not over cook and burn.

I know that the cutting and cooking process can seem lengthy, but I promise the steps are easy, the ingredients are minimal and the taste is unlike anything else!

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Honeynut Hasselback Butternut Squash Topped with Herbed Breadcrumbs, Pomegranates and Goat Cheese

This is a bright, vibrant, holiday-worthy recipe that will not only taste delicious, but act as a statement when added to your spread this holiday season.

Prep:
20
min
cook:
50
min
total:
70
min
Author:

Michelle

Ingredients
  • 2 Butternut squashes
  • 2 TBSP Olive oil, divided
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • ½ Cup Walnuts
  • 1 TBSP Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Cup bread crumbs
  • 2 TSP italian herb blend
  • ¼ TSP salt
  • ¼ TSP black pepper
  • Goat cheese crumbles for garnish
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • Greens, optional to serve with
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Carefully cut your butternut squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds from the middle.
  3. Flip them over and carefully peel the skins off them and discard the skin.
  4. Place a wooden spoon next to the butternut squash
  5. Turn your butternut squashes to be horizontal. Thinly cut your squash from top to bottom. NOTE: Have the wooden spoon next to the squash right below it in between yourself and he squash to prevent you from cutting all the way through each time you slice.
  6. Place them face down on your prepared baking sheet.
  7. In a bowl, mix together: honey, walnuts, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined and smooth.
  8. Baste the honey nut mixture on top of the butternut squashes, make sure it covers every nook and cranny.
  9. Place in the oven and bake at 425 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until squash is tender.
  10. While butternut squash is baking, heat a pan over medium heat and add another 1 TBSP olive oil. Swirl around and add your bread crumbs and toast for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Add in Italian seasoning. Mix to combine. When done, remove from heat and set aside.
  11. When butternut squashes are done, remove from heat. they should be tender. Place them on a bed of greens and top with bread crumbs, pomegranates and crumbled goat cheese.
  12. ENJOY!  
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Kevin
October 19, 2021
So delicious!