Oct 20
2010

Roasted Squash With a Pomegranate Reduction, Pistachios, & Pomegranate Arils

in Fruits & Vegetables, Honey, Side Dish

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I was totally inspired by the POM Wonderful 2010 Harvest Tour last week.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about it, but I have so many pictures and video that I took, that it is taking a bit longer than I expected to pull everything together into cohesive posts!

Fresh Pomegranate

My head has been filled with ideas on how I want to use pomegranate juice and arils.  Today I made one of those ideas a reality—roasted squash with a pomegranate reduction and a sprinkling of pistachios and pomegranate arils.

Roasted Squash with a Pomegranate Reduction

A few weeks ago Shauna (Gluten Free Girl and the Chef) tweeted about Delicata squash.  I tweeted that I had never tried it and she gave me a fall homework assignment of seeking it out and trying it.

Delicata Squash

She told me that her favorite way to eat it was simply to roast it and sprinkle it with salt.  I’ve been on the lookout ever since and finally spotted it a couple of days ago at our Farmer’s Market.  I cut the squash in half, scooped out the seeds, and set it in a baking pan with a bit of water.  Then I covered the pan with tinfoil and put it in the oven to roast until it was fork tender.  While it was cooking I used some POM Wonderful pomegranate juice to make a pomegranate reduction.

Roasting Delicata SquashMaking a pomegranate reduction

I cut the squash into slices, drizzled them with the reduction and then sprinkled them with dry roasted and salted pistachio nuts and fresh pomegranate arils.  The creamy squash was delicious with the sweet and tangy pomegranate reduction.  The pistachios added a wonderful crunch and the saltiness balanced well with the sweetness of the squash.  The pomegranate arils gave a refreshing burst of juice every time I bit into one.  This dish really celebrates the harvest season. Delicata squash, pomegranates, and pistachios are all in season right now.  Not only does it celebrate the harvest, but it is gluten-free, inspired by my friend Shauna.  The dish is the perfect side to a roasted chicken.  You could also roast some sliced apples with the squash, or add some crumbled goat cheese for tangy creaminess.

Roasted Delicata Squash with a Pomegranate Reduction

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Roasted Squash With a Pomegranate Reduction, Pistachios, & Pomegranate Arils

Makes 3 — 4 servings

9-inch Delicata Squash
8 ounces pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon table salt
4 teaspoons dry roasted and salted pistachio nuts
4 teaspoons fresh pomegranate arils

1. Prepare the squash: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Wash the outside of the squash, then cut it in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds.  Place the squash cut side down in a baking dish with 1/2-inch of water.  Cover the baking dish with tin foil and bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.

2. Prepare the pomegranate reduction: Bring the pomegranate juice, honey, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the mixture until has reduced by half, about 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Assemble the dish: Cut the squash into slices and place on a plate.  Drizzle with the pomegranate reduction, then sprinkle with pistachios and pomegranate arils.  Serve.

Recipe Variations:
* Add a sliced apple to the baking dish with the squash.
* Add crumbled goat cheese before serving.


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Olga @ MangoTomato October 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

super duper pretty! i have almost an identical photo of nicole’s hands holding a pomegranate. this would be a great thanksgiving side dish.

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Mary at Deep South Dish October 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I think goat cheese would be an excellent addition too! Very nice – and gorgeous photos too. Oh and I voted for ya! :)

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Fuji Nana October 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Hmmm, I think Olga is right. Maybe we’ll add this to our Thanksgiving menu. What do you think?

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Liren October 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I agree, this would be a beautiful addition to the Thanksgiving table! It will probably grace mine – so, so beautiful! Can’t wait to see your POM Harvest post – I’m also wading through so many photos, it was just too wonderful!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm

all i can say is WOW! this is gorgeous and so original!

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Paula - bell'alimento October 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

It’s beauty-full. Olga’s right, Nicole is a fabulous hand model! I can’t wait to try this out. I can almost taste all of the flavors exploding in my mouth ; )

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gina @ skinnytaste October 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Beautiful photos! I would love to see this at my Thanksgiving table. I love the combination of sweet, salty tangy and crunchy! Oh, and I voted for you too!!

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[email protected] October 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

That is a so beautiful, the first thing I thought of was, “food art.” AND I’ve learned about a new variety of squash, bonus!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 21, 2010 at 8:30 am

Great post, and I loved your tweets while you were there. It sounded awesome! Hope to meet you one day!

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Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

your’e so creative! this looks like a wonderful dish! i wanna make it for thanksgiving as a side. i think it would be quite impressive!

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Maria October 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Great way to jazz up the squash! Love this one!

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Delishhh October 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Nice work on this recipe. Love the pictures too.

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[email protected] October 24, 2010 at 7:15 am

Absolutely gorgeous Rachael – the flavours of the season!

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