thanksgiving side dish :: squash with roasted garlic and sage
next week is my birthday. for our family, this is the kick-off to the holiday season. which i love! and to add more excitement to the mix, we having an early "holiday dinner" with my husband's grandfather before he heads south for the winter like all the birds we've been seeing overhead.
it's awesome that my kids get to know their great-grampa. poppa. what a total treat. and since we are hosting, i've already begun food lists and prep. thankfully, everyone is bringing a dish or drink or something to contribute.
yesterday i made some squash to freeze for the big day, so today i share with you my recipe!
SQUASH WITH ROASTED GARLIC AND SAGE
it's wickedly easy and the amounts can be played with to match your taste.
2 butternut squashes
1 acron squash
2-4 tbs. olive oil (roughly)
6 or so garlic cloves
1 tbs. chopped fresh sage
salt and pepper to taste
1. preheat oven 375 degrees. line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. slice your winter squashes in half, then in half again, lengthwise. scoop out all the seeds and pulp. half the acron and do the same. put them on your tray skin side down.
2. leaving the cloves whole and unpeeled, drop 1 or 2 into the cavity of the squash. drizzle squashes with olive oil. sprinkle with salt and pepper. add enough water to cover the bottom of the tray.
3. roast the squashes for about 9o minutes. turn halfway thru and replenish water. test with fork for doneness before taking them out of the oven.
4. after the squashes have cooled, peel them and chop them into large chunks. place in bowl of food processor. peel the garlic and add it along with the sage. pulse until a uniform pureé is created.
5. pour into a shallow casserole dish (i used a pie plate). store in the refirgerator for up to 2 days or 2 weeks in the freezer. thaw at room temp. or in the fridge then warm in the oven 30 minutes before serving.
i like to add a topping to jazz it up a bit before serving. some suggestions are: chopped up bacon, roasted walnuts, peanuts or a bit more sage for color.
i'm always looking for new ways to prepare winter squashes, so if you have a favoite recipe, by all means, share!