Caramelized Citrus & Thyme Delicata Squash

Citrus & Thyme Delicata Squash

I don't have enough fingers to count the number of times a grocery store clerk has interrogated me about my produce selections. "What are you going to do with that?" "How do you cook these?" "What is this?". 

I get really excited about some of the rarer grocery store finds, and up until two years ago, delicata squash was one of those. It was a new discovery for most, and over and over at the check out line the cashier would want to know what I was doing with all of that delicata squash (Uh, yea, I was buying piles of it.).

Confession of the day: as an introvert, I avoid the chatty grocery store clerks. As an introvert, discussing my dinner while in the line at the grocery store is really not that fun. When they want to talk, I tend to bag faster. They probably think I'm always in a rush. It's not that I don't like them, or I don't want to be nice... it's just not the sort of social situation I seek out. 

Citrus & Thyme Delicata Squash

I also vaguely remember my mom trying to avoid chatty grocery clerks, so maybe it runs in the family. You know, the Gosh-Why-Are-You-Talking-To-Me? Gene. 😉 

But sometimes good things come from chatting in the grocery store line, like new friends, new recipes, and really good dinners. Case in point: this squash. 

It was just recently that I grocery store clerk to me about her recent farm dinner, where they served delicata squash (yes, I was buying a lot of delicata squash at the time) roasted with a bit of orange juice. My curiosity was piqued. I never would've paired the two together, but suddenly I had to. 

If I wasn't already regretting avoiding all of the chatting at the grocery store for social reasons, my first bite of this locked it into stone. 

Citrus & Thyme Delicata Squash

Caramelized Citrus & Thyme Delicate Squash

Paleo, Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan    |   

Sweet orange juice and hone caramelize in the bottom of each delicata boat, making the final dish an enhanced version of everything that makes delicatas good in the first place.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 2 small delicata squash, halved with seeds removed
  • 1 orange
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Option: Drizzle honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Place the halved squash flesh side up in a pyrex baking dish.
  2. Juice the orange, and divide evenly among the squash, pouring it into the cavity.
  3. Drizzle with a bit of honey (more if your orange was not very sweet — do this according to your preferences).
  4. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Divide the thyme evenly amongst the squash, place sprigs in each one.
  5. Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes, until squash is cooked through and orange juice is bubbling or evaporated. Squash should be browned and crispy on edges.