Roasted delicata squash with rosemary is an easy side dish for Thanksgiving or any random weeknight.
When the topic of squash comes up this time of year, invariably it’s pumpkin that gets all of the love. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, even pumpkin smoothies… Pumpkin gets the fanfare, but delicata squash is easily my favorite.
This cream colored squash with green stripes is the one squash that goes into my shopping basket regularly in the cool months of fall and winter. (It’s also nice to have around, because like other winter squashes, it’s very shelf stable. You can keep it in a cool, dry place for up to three months.)
Why is delicata squash the best?
It’s easy to cut.
Delicata squash tends to be smaller in size than a lot of other squashes, and so you don’t need to be a weightlifter to press a chef’s knife through it.
You don’t have to peel it.
With delicata, you can eat the skin. No worries about trying to cut off the cumbersome peel. Plus, that means you get added texture, because it’s not just soft. The peel gets a little bit of chew to it.
It can easily go into savory dishes like a champ.
Delicata is a mildly sweet squash that’s reminiscent of sweet potato. Every Thanksgiving, I add it to my fall-inspired salad with another seasonal favorite – persimmons.
It’s great sliced thin in a stack with polenta and cashew cream.
I’ve even used it in tacos and as a pizza topping. Delicata squash is wonderful on a pizza with browned Field Roast apple sage sausages, caramelized onions, and sautéed kale.
If you’re looking for an easy autumn side dish, roasted delicata squash is the answer.
How do you prepare delicata squash?
To prepare roasted delicata squash, cut off the ends, slice it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into half moons. Then throw it on a parchment paper covered baking sheet with oil, rosemary, and salt. A half an hour later, your side dish is ready.
Roasted delicata squash is an easy one to add to your Thanksgiving line-up. It doesn’t require a lot of babying, except to flip it once mid-way through roasting.
Want to see how easy it is to make roasted delicata squash? Watch this video!