Thank you to Melissa’s produce and Le Creuset for sponsoring this post. I received product to create and display the recipe. All opinions are my own.
While Spring produce seems to get the lion’s share of attention – think pea shoots and fiddlehead ferns – or Summer’s produce – think corn, zucchini and watermelon, Fall’s fabulous produce is sandwiched between the glut of pumpkin spice and apple recipes for Halloween and the sweets-heavy holiday season. So, this year, twelve food bloggers have gathered to share recipes that celebrate the #FabulousFallBounty. Many thanks to our event sponsors: Silpat for a silicone mat, Le Creuset for a lovely hibiscus serving platter, and Melissa’s Produce for providing the bloggers with a bountiful box of goodies. The box included a variety of squash, acorn, delicata and butternut, baby beets, chestnuts, shallots. pearl onions, celery root, fennel, garlic, fingerling potato assortment, dried guajillo chilis, persimmons, pears and pomegranates, oh my! It was hard to decide what to make. First up for the week is this delicious roasted balsamic acorn squash and shallots. Truth be told, I’ve never worked with acorn squash before. I’ve enjoyed it many times, prepared in a variety of ways but never had to break one down. Acorn squash can be very intimidating. I knew I wanted to make a quick weeknight side dish for our meal so I set out to cut it up. My first piece of advice, use the sharpest knife you have and be careful. My second piece of advice, don’t even try to peel it. Cut off the edge. The skin is edible but I wanted a nice all around caramelization so I chose to remove it. Cutting the squash into 1 – 2 inch pieces allows it to cook thoroughly in less time. I cut the shallots into quarters and tossed them in without separating them because I knew once they cooked they would fall apart on their own. If you’re not familiar with shallots, it is a type of onion but most closely related to garlic, leeks, and chives. It’s a mild flavor when roasted. Roasting vegetables give them so much more flavor than steaming them. My roasted balsamic acorn squash and shallots gets all caramelized in the oven and gets additional flavor from fresh rosemary. I’m proud to say the rosemary came from my garden. While it’s cooking, you need to be sure to stir it a couple of times so all sides get that caramelization. Roasting at a high temperature gets the job done quickly but that also means that you can easily burn the vegetables, so pay close attention. Serve this roasted balsamic acorn squash with any beef or poultry dish. I served it on my new Le Creuset platter in hibiscus.
I hope you enjoy the creations of the bloggers using this bounty. Be sure to keep an eye on these blogs for inspiration as we rush towards Thanksgiving and the hectic holiday season.