You absolutely, positively, definitely, undoubtedly need this recipe in your life. I knew it would be tasty because Joanne raved about it, and she performs magic with vegetables. All. The. Time. I’ve only roasted grapes once for a focaccia (back in 2016!), but now I cannot stop thinking about other ways to incorporate them in savory dishes. They turn luscious.
ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GRAPES WITH MAPLE POMEGRANATE GLAZE
(adapted from Joanne’s Eats Well with Others)
12 oz red seedless grapes, removed from the stem
4 tbsp olive oil, divided
freshly ground black pepper
1 large butternut squash (about 2.5 lb), seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tbsp unsalted butter
⅓ cup pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp five spice powder
1/4 cup slivered almonds (or more)
Heat oven to 425F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, toss the grapes with 1 tbsp olive oil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Place the grapes on the baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in the same bowl toss the squash with 3 tbsp of the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the butter, pomegranate molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, and five spice powder over medium-low heat. Heat for 3 minutes or until the butter is melted and the flavors can meld together. Toss the squash with a quarter of the sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce for later.
Add the squash to the pans with the roasted grapes, place the pan back in the oven and roast for another 20-25 minutes. When you have about 5 minutes left in the roasting time, sprinkle the almonds on top and mix them gently just to coat with the juices.
Remove the squash and grapes from the oven. Transfer to a large serving dish. Drizzle with the reserved sauce. Top with the mint leaves before serving.
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Comments: I sometimes find butternut squash already cut at the grocery store, but often they are cut in pieces that are a bit too small. For this recipe, I went the extra mile, risked the integrity of my fingers and cut the squash myself. I know, right? What won’t I do in the name of this blog? It is enough to bring tears to my own eyes.
If you’ve never used grapes in savory meals, please make that happen in your kitchen. I am sold. As to pomegranate molasses, I have used it coupled with rose harissa to roast squash, and it is fantastic, but this step of turning the molasses into a sauce that is drizzled at the end? It raises the ingredient to a whole new level. The sauce would be fantastic on a simple piece of grilled salmon. Yes, I am trying that soon.
Joanne, thank you for another winner of a recipe! Who needs cookbooks with a blog like yours to follow?
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6 thoughts on “ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GRAPES WITH MAPLE POMEGRANATE GLAZE”
Alright, this sounds so amazing!!!
Hmmm…saw some of the packaged butternut cubes today and almost bought them but still hiking the downside of the Thanksgiving Leftover Mountain. I admit that my dexterity hacking squash is less than stellar so I might have to opt for the second rate version of this dish and go with packaged. But with those ingredients I think second rate will be mighty fine.
Funny I think the last time I baked with grapes was making focaccia awhile ago. Love how the grapes almost taste like cherries baked. They are so wonderful roasted. And yes, why oh why did I not put 2 and 2 together and put them in other baked dishes? Thanks to both you and Joanne for the nudge!
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My family includes someone with a strong aversion to maple flavor. Could I use regular molasses in its place? Or Lyle’s golden Syrup?
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definitely!!!! I think Lyle’s syrup would be lovely, I ADORE that stuff
Yum! Love all the ingredients! Will definitely add this to client menu for next week! For Thanksgiving I roasted Kabocha wedges served over watercress & radicchio dressed with Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette and garnished with Pom Arils and Toasted Pistachios, we loved it.
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Pomegranate molasses…. I just cannot have enough…. when my bottle is 3/4 empty, I order another one… 😉
I make a similar roasted vegetable dish every year for Thanksgiving but with maple syrup and fig balsamic for a glaze. I love the idea of adding grapes! I have to try that next time.