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Roasted Squash with Chestnuts and Pomegranates
© James Baigrie

Roasted Squash with Chestnuts and Pomegranate

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

A drizzle of tangy pomegranate molasses makes this oven-roasted squash, an archetypal fall recipe, more exotic.

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  1. 2 small organic red kuri or kabocha squash (about 3 pounds total)—washed, halved lengthwise and seeded
  2. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons melted
  3. 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  4. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. 6 ounces vacuum-packed whole roasted peeled chestnuts (about 1 cup)
  6. 12 thyme sprigs
  7. 1/2 cup red currants or seeds from 1 pomegranate
  8. 1 1/2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see Note)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the squash on a large rimmed baking sheet, cut sides up, and brush with the 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle the sugar in the cavities and season the squash with salt and pepper. Turn the squash over on the baking sheet and roast for about 1 hour, or until tender and browned at the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet. Add the chestnuts and thyme sprigs and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the chestnuts are lightly browned and glazed with the butter, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  3. Cut each squash half into 4 wedges and arrange on a large platter. Sprinkle with the glazed chestnuts and the red currants. Drizzle the squash with the pomegranate molasses and serve.
Make Ahead The baked squash halves can be refrigerated overnight; rewarm in the oven before drizzling with the molasses. Notes Sweet-tart pomegranate molasses is available at specialty-food shops and Middle Eastern markets.