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Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Your New SIDE DISH for Thanksgiving!
Sweet & Nutty Delicata Squash layered with a Zesty Cider Reduction and Topped with Sourdough-Parmesan-Thyme Breadcrumbs that bakes up Crispy & Golden.
Yes ~ can be made a few days in advance! Pairs well with all your Thanksgiving Mains.
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
A serving of Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Delicata Squash Bake – out of the oven with crispy, golden breadcrumbs
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs – see the cider reduction on the bottom of the pan? – This is lending tons of flavor!
How to Make this Recipe:
  • Prepare Cider-Honey-Butter mixture.
  • Cut Delicata Squash in¬†half lengthwise – use 2 bigger ones, or 3 medium sized.
  • Place them overlapping in rows in a 9″x 13″¬†baking pan. Cover with the cider reduction.
  • Roast until tender.
  • While the squash bakes – ¬†make the Breadcrumb Topping. When squash is done, add a layer of breadcrumb topping.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden and crispy.
  • Can be made a few days¬†I advance! (Yea!)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
What does it taste like? This is why you should make it:

Delicata Squash has a nutty, yet sweet flavor. The rind is thin and totally edible!
It tastes like a cross between butternut squash and a sweet potato.

The Apple Cider~Honey~Butter Reduction, a syrupy liquid, adds a ton of flavor and continues to infuse the squash.
This creates a tangy- sweet essence that really makes the dish!

The Crispy Bread Topping is made from Sourdough Bread – you’ll add melted butter, lots if fresh thyme and grated parmesan cheese.

Baked together the squash takes on the cider reduction flavor, and the crispy topping adds extra crunch and flavor.

I call this dish a “bake” – but it really could be considered a casserole!
The term ‚Äúcasserole‚ÄĚ can refer to any dish prepared in a casserole dish‚ÄĒessentially a deep, wide baking dish‚ÄĒand baked in the oven. ¬†A casserole can have many layers.

Delicata Squash for Baked Casserole with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Delicata Squash has a nutty, yet sweet flavor. 
Delicata Squash cut into half moons
Delicata Squash cut in half lengthwise, the seeds are easily scooped out, cut into half moons
Delicata Squash cut into half moons in casserole dish
Delicata Squash cut into half moons and placed in overlapping rows in the casserole dish
Sourdough breadcrumbs with parmesan and thyme
Sourdough breadcrumbs with parmesan and thyme for the quick topping 
Sourdough breadcrumbs with parmesan and thyme
The finished sourdough breadcrumbs – with parmesan, thyme and with added melted butter
Delicata Squash cooked with Apple Cider, Butter and Honey
Delicata Squash Cooked with Apple Cider, Honey and Butter Reduction
Delicata Squash cooked with Apple Cider, Butter and Honey
Delicata Squash is cooked through and tender, with some cider reduction on the bottom of the pan Рdelish! 
Cooked Delicata Squash topped with Parmesan Breadcrumbs - ready to bake
Cooked Delicata Squash topped with Parmesan Breadcrumbs – ready to bake
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs out of the oven
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs out of the oven with a crispy topping 
Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs
Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs… it could be¬†considered a casserole!
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs Рwill be your NEW favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish!                                                                                                                           
Want to make it Vegan?    

Substitute Butter with Coconut Oil. Omit parmesan cheese and use half  Nutritional Yeast.

Get Organized! See: Thanksgiving 2022 MY FAVORITE RECIPES Main Dishes and Sides

Love squash? See Thanksgiving Squash and Celeriac Soup with Harissa
and Acorn Squash and Celeriac Soup for Fall

Enjoy fixing all Thanksgiving dishes, hopefully stress free and delicious!
Karen

Delicata Squash Bake with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Your New Side Dish for Thanksgiving! Slices of Delicata Squash bake in an Apple Cider Reduction and covered with a Parmesan, Garlic & Thyme Topping.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 14
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Ingredients

Delicata Squash Layer:

  • 2 1/2 pounds delicata squash about 2- 3, 3" wide 8" long
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh apple cider preferably without preservatives
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Parmesan Breadcrumbs:

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh sourdough bread crusts removed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (can use part olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic peeled, finely grated (or minced)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan reggiano cheese grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. In a small skillet, heat cider, butter and honey until the butter has melted, stir to combine.
  • Wash and dry the squash. Cut squashes in half, lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds. Rounded side up - cut all into 1/2" slices (half moons.) Add the squash in rows - 3 wide into the pan, overlapping them a little (see photo.) Pour the cider mixture over all and sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
  • Cover tightly with heavy foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and place the dish back into the oven and cook until the liquid had reduced and syrupy, and the squash is just cooked through with slightly golden edges. Remove from the oven. HINT: The syrupy liquid adds a ton of flavor and continues to infuse the squash.
  • While the squash bakes make the bread crumbs. Add 1" pieces of sourdough bread to a small food processor (I do in 2 batches) and pulse until medium sized crumbs, not too fine.
  • Melt butter in a 3-4 cup bowl in the microwave (can do in a pot as well), add the breadcrumbs and quickly mix to coat. Add the garlic, parmesan cheese, thyme and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt. Add in an even layer over the cooked squash.
  • Return to the oven and cook until the bread crumbs are lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Hints for Reheating:

  • Bring the casserole to room temperature. Cover with heavy foil, reheat in a 350 degree oven until cooked through. Uncover foil and cook until the bread crumbs are crispy. Can be made up to 2 days before serving.

Notes

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 
COURSE: Side Dish, Thanksgiving Side Dish
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: Delicata Squash Bake, Delicata Squash Casserole, Thanksgiving Side Dish
Nutrition Facts
Delicata Squash Bake with Cider Reduction and Parmesan Bread Crumbs
Amount per Serving
Calories
113
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
15
mg
5
%
Sodium
 
125
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
316
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
1299
IU
26
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
70
mg
7
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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