Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Two of my favorite gifts of winter: the pomegranate and delicata squash; one time consuming to peel, the other easy peasy. But they come together so delightfully in this roasty dish, married together with creamy goat cheese. 

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A few tips...

If you aren't familiar with delicata squash, one of their best traits is that you can eat the outer layer. So no time-consuming peeling needed like with its cousin the butternut! And even better, when you roast at high temps, that peel gets crispy and extra delicious.

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As for the pomegranate, yes it takes time to peel, but the pay off is worth it. There are a million videos out there showing you the best way to do this. My favorite is to cut the fruit into quarters and pop the seeds out with my hands. I find it super satisfying and cathartic. Also, be sure to use a big bowl, cutting board and towel when you de-seed your pomegranate. The juice can stain and will definitely run everywhere!

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Okay on to the roasty goodness. 

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 small delicata squash, guts removed and sliced into 1/2" half-moons

  • 1 tsp coarse ground pink salt

  • A few cracks fresh ground pepper

  • 3 TBLS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 TBLS Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Seeds from 1 small pomegranate

  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles

Directions

Preheat the oven 375F.

While oven is preheating, prep all your ingredients. 

Place the delicata squash in a single layer on two rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and apple cider vinegar and toss with your hands to combine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

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Roast at 375F for 35-40 minutes, flipping the squash halfway through the cook time. It's okay if it gets a little toasty, you just don't want it to burn. 

Remove squash from oven and transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool for 5-10minutes. Add pomegranate seeds and goat cheese and gently toss to combine. 

Taste for salt and pepper. 

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