Orange Glazed Carnival Squash

These orange glazed carnival squash would make a great side dish for your holiday meal. A citrus spice reduction is brushed over the slices before baking and again at the end. The dried cranberries are a nice complement to the dish and a fresh thyme leaves garnish finishes it off.

A cross between an acorn squash and a sweet dumpling squash, the carnival squash has a mellow sweet flesh which works well with this dish , but feel free to substitute acorn or butternut squash.

Orange-glazed Carnival Squash & Cranberries
Adapted from Kitchen Garden Cookbook
Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1/4 cup (60 grams) unsalted butter, plus extra to grease pan

1-1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (310ml)
Grated zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon coarsely crushed coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon allspice or pumpkin pie spice
1 large Carnival or 2 acorn squash
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup (45grams) dried cranberries
fresh thyme leaves for garnish

Technique

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), Butter a large rimmed baking sheet.

In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine the butter, orange juice, zest and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce liquid to 3/4 cups, about 5 minutes or so. Remove from heat.

Trim ends of squash, cut in half lengthwise, then into 1 inch thick slices. Arrange decoratively on the prepared baking sheet and brush with the reduced orange juice mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss gently to coat with the orange juice mixture.

Bake the squash slices until just tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. Turn squash slices and brush again with the orange juice mixture. Scatter the dried cranberries over the squash slices and bake until the slices are lightly glazed, about 4-5 minutes longer. Transfer to platter and garnish with fresh thyme leaves. 

The orange-glazed carnival squash recipe is my contribution as a side dish for the collection of recipes for Menu-Lib(e) ro, this edition hosted by Alessandro whose beautiful Glazed Carrots make a perfect addition to the collection. Thanks to Marta and Aiu for the idea and implementation.

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