Delicata Squash is the smaller cousin in the squash family and its size and shape make it a very attractive squash to work with. It’s sweet & creamy and roasts up much faster than its bigger relatives. This recipe can be made for a salad course or a entree… 1-2 slices for an appetizer or 4 for a full plate. It can accompany a cider brined pork loin, a balsamic chicken… hearty fall flavors to support the sweet creamy flavor.
Using the ingredients list above, cut squash into 1 inch slices and deseed. Toss slices in bowl with vegetable oil, salt & pepper. Lay on baking sheet and roast for 18 minutes at 350 (high fan if possible)
Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks. Soften chèvre in microwave safe bowl on med power. Beat gently until smooth. Fold softly into whipped cream.
Remove squash from oven. Brush one side with honey and dip in oat crumble to cover edge. Arrange 4 pieces per serving on plate. Pipe or spoon chèvre mixture into center of squash. Sprinkle with pistachios and rosemary. Drizzle decoratively with balsamic drizzle.
Chef’s note: If you have access to a deep fryer… fried rosemary adds a delicious flavor.
Aroma – Sweet earthiness. Rich umami almost soy intensity from the introduction of fats and balsamic drizzle.
Appearance – Golden yellow with a beautiful presentation when plated properly. Try your own artistic expression. Perfect size for a salad course, appetizer or entree.
Flavor – Sweet, creamy, rich, umami when seasoned, roasted, and including chèvre, balsamic and oat crumble.
Mouthfeel – Soft, Combined with other ingredients very juicy with slightly crispy consistency.
Pairs With –
Dent Head Kölsch-Style Ale, Feats of Strength Festbier, Twelve Czech Pale Lager, Leaves of Achilles Gruit, 12 Hour Sour with Woodruff or Raspberry Syrup.
Black Flannel’s Roasted Delicata Squash is a complex dish with a wide variety of flavors and textures. It is a special treat to pair with one of our suggested beers. Try taking a taste of the beer first, then the dish, then back to the beer. This is one of those special circumstances where the beer and dish elevate each other in a surprising and unexpected way.