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Oven-Roasted Pumpkin

  • SERVINGS: 8
  • VEGETARIAN
  1. Eight 11-ounce golden acorn squash or pumpkins, top quarters and seeds discarded
  2. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 5 medium unpeeled shallots
  4. Two 2 1/2 -pound sugar pumpkins or butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeds discarded
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 3 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme, plus thyme sprigs, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Cut a thin slice from the base of each acorn squash and set upright on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Wrap the shallots loosely in foil.
  2. Brush the cut sides of the sugar pumpkins with 1 tablespoon of the butter and season with salt and pepper. Set cut side down on another baking sheet.
  3. Roast the sugar pumpkins for about 50 minutes, or until tender; roast the acorn squash and shallots for about 40 minutes, or until the shallots are soft and the pumpkins are golden. Keep the squash warm; let the sugar pumpkins and shallots cool slightly. Squeeze the soft shallots from their skins, coarsely chop the shallots and transfer to a bowl.
  4. Scoop the sugar pumpkins from their skins, add to the shallots and mash with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the cream and the chopped thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into the acorn squash, garnish with thyme sprigs and serve warm.