© Paul Costello
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
45 MIN
Serves : 8 to 10

Chef Marcus Samuelsson puts an Ethiopian twist on spiced pecans, which he tosses with sweet roasted butternut squash in an orange dressing. Slideshow: More Global Thanksgiving Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 450°. On a parchment paper–lined baking sheet, toss the squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the berbere; season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden and tender.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the orange zest and juice. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Step 3    

In a skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the pecans and toast over moderately low heat, stirring, until
fragrant, 3 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a bowl and stir in the sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of berbere.

Step 4    

Arrange the squash on a platter and drizzle the dressing on top. Scatter the cranberries and spiced nuts over the squash and serve warm.

Make Ahead

The dish can be made up to 4 hours ahead; serve at room temperature.


Berbere is an Ethiopian ground red chile spice mix. It’s available at specialty food shops and from kalustyans.com.

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