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Maple Roasted Delicata Squash with Goat Cheese & Savory Granola

maple roasted delicata squash drizzled with a zesty lime dressing and topped with creamy goat cheese & savory granola

servings: 4-6

Ingredients

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Savory Granola

  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup roughly chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

Roasted Delicata Squash

  • 2 ½ lbs delicata squash, seeded + cubed ¾”
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp minced chives

Instructions

Savory Granola

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Whisk the egg white in a large mixing bowl until foamy. Add the olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, paprika, salt, cayenne, and nutmeg. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Fold in the oats, pecans, and pumpkin seeds. Place a piece of parchment onto a half sheet pan. Spread the granola mixture onto the parchment in a flat layer.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Let cool on the sheet pan. Break the granola into small pieces.

Roasted Delicata Squash

  1. Heat the oven to 450°F. Place the cubed squash onto a half sheet pan. Drizzle generously with olive oil and toss to coat. Arrange the squash in a single layer. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 35 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the oven and drizzle the maple syrup over the squash. Use a spatula to gently toss. Arrange the squash back into an even layer. Roast for another 10 minutes, or until the squash is caramelized and tender.
  3. Meanwhile, add the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, and paprika to a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Season with salt to taste.
  4. Immediately transfer the squash to a serving plate (or else the maple syrup will harden on the pan). Scrape any maple syrup that has already started to harden and transfer these “clumps” to the plate as well (these will be delicious sweet, sticky bites throughout the dish).
  5. Drizzle the lime dressing over the squash. Top with the granola, crumbled goat cheese, chives, and a pinch of extra lime zest if you have it.

Notes

To cut the squash: First, cut the ends off each squash. Then, cut each squash in half crosswise and each of those halves in half lengthwise. As a result, each squash should be cut into 4 sections with the seeds exposed. Take a regular spoon and just scoop the seeds out. From there, you can easily cut the sections into cubes (shoot for ¾” cubes that are roughly all the same size).