Saturday, November 17, 2012

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pancetta and Sage

As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate

1 large Delicata Squash
2 to 3 teaspoons or so of good Olive Oil
Kosher or Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 or 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 ounces very thinly sliced pancetta, cut into strips
6 to 8 fresh sage leaves

Tools you'll need:
Large, sharp knife
shallow rimmed baking pan (lined with parchment for easy clean-up)
spatula to flip the squash

Place rack in center position of oven and preheat oven to 425º(F)

• Wash the squash with water, dry and slice lengthwise from stem to blossom end. Scoop out seeds and membrane.  (Discard the seeds or do as I do and roast them~ they make a tasty snack)
• Slice squash into 1/2-inch slices crosswise (slices should look like half-moons)
• Place slices and smashed garlic on lined baking pan, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
• Toss the squash with your hands to distribute the olive oil over the squash and garlic. 
• Arrange squash slices flat on the pan. (You can crowd the slices together
but don't overlap.) You want the squash flesh resting on the pan so each slice roasts evenly. 
• Place pan in oven and bake 6 minutes, flip slices over. Bake additional 6 minutes.
• Sprinkle pancetta and sage leaves over the squash and return to oven and
roast for an additional 6 minutes or so, until the squash is tender when pierced with a knife tip and pancetta has begun to get crispy.
• Remove from oven and allow to cool a minute or two before serving.


Recipe adapted from Siren Sea 

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