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Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries

This easy, colorful fall side dish makes a delish flavor combo of sweet, tart, savory and spicy!

November 7, 2016

Squash and cranberries go together like Father Brown and a Victoria sandwich. This easy, colorful fall side dish is a snap to make, and the flavor combination of sweet, tart, salt and spice is simply delicious!

Serves four to six people. 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium or large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, or your favorite all-purpose seasoning, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (discard any that are soft or discolored.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup feta cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
     

Preparation

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large-rimmed sheet pan with parchment.

Add squash cubes to a plastic bag, drizzle with olive oil, and shake until squash is evenly and lightly coated with oil.

Transfer squash to prepared baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper, or your favorite all-purpose seasoning, to taste.

Roast squash for 25 minutes, then pull pan from oven and evenly distribute the cranberries over the squash.  Don’t worry if they pile up a bit. Return pan to oven for another 15 minutes, until cranberries have softened. Some should have begun to burst.

Remove pan from oven, transfer mixture to a large serving platter and sprinkle with pumpkin-pie spice.

Crumble feta over the mixture, then thinly drizzle the whole thing with honey.

Taste it and adjust as desired. The honey will soften the sharpness of the cranberries and feta; add more honey if necessary.

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve! Great served hot and also delicious as a cold salad if you have leftovers.

Tip: To peel a butternut squash, cut off the top and bottom so ends are flat. Place upright on a cutting board and cut off peels in vertical stripes with a vegetable peeler.
 



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