Roasted delicata squash with fresh cranberries is an easy, tasty, and colorful Thanksgiving side dish. This is a delicious recipe that’s naturally gluten free and vegan.
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It’s no secret that I love delicata squash…it’s my very favorite. It’s easy to prepare, and I love the flavor – it’s sweet, mild, and not too “squashy” tasting.
Although I usually slice it in half and stuff it, I decided to make a roasted version that’s just right for a Thanksgiving side dish. This roasted delicata squash with fresh cranberries is the perfect addition to your holiday meal.
- Delicata Squash – This variety of squash is available from late summer to early winter. The flesh is sweet and buttery tasting, and doesn’t have an overpowering flavor. Learn more about this variety here.The skin on delicata squash is very thin, and becomes tender after you cook it, so it does not need to be peeled.
- Cranberries – Fresh cranberries add a burst of sweet tart flavor to this side dish. If you can’t find fresh cranberries, dried cranberries would also work well.
- Maple Syrup – Maple syrup adds a bit more sweetness to this recipe. You could use honey if you prefer.
Step by Step Instructions
- Slice the squash in half. Remove the seeds from the squash, and cut it into thin slices.
- Place the squash and cranberries on a baking sheet and drizzle the maple syrup mixture on top and pop it in the oven.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes, until the squash is tender and a little bit golden brown.
Store leftover roasted squash in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Roasted Delicata Squash with Fresh Cranberries.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, and nutmeg.
- Place the sliced squash, sliced red onion, and cranberries on two rimmed baking sheets.
- Drizzle the maple syrup mixture on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until squash is tender.
- Season more salt and pepper if desired.