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I found this recipe in an issue of Bon Appétit three or four years ago and tucked it away. When I stumbled upon it right after Thanksgiving, I knew it would be a perfect side for the pork roast I planned to serve on Christmas Eve. Not only because the flavors would complement the pork so well, but also because I had a kabocha squash and a butternut squash laying around that I had used in my Thanksgiving table decor. I’d also used several pie pumpkins in the decor that I’d already roasted and frozen for use in a pumpkin soup I planned to serve. It is so gratifying when you can use such gorgeous vegetables twice… first to decorate and then to eat!

Just as with yesterday’s post, this dish may also be prepared a full day in advance. Assemble completely in the baking dish, cover and refrigerate, then bring to room temperature before baking.

Roasted and Maple Glazed Squash and Parsnips

2 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled kabocha squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups 1/3-inch cubes peeled parsnips (about 12 ounces)
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup coarsely chopped Marcona almonds

Butter a 13-x-9-x-2-inch glass baking dish. Combine the kabocha and butternut squash and parsnips in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the maple syrup, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour over the squash mixture and toss to coat. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake covered 40 minutes. Uncover; bake until all vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes longer.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with the almonds before serving.

Serves 8

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1 Marissa { 12.29.11 at 10:33 AM }

This was delicious!

2 Nancy { 12.29.11 at 6:52 PM }

What a stunning dish….I swear if I had to pick 5 foods I could eat forever (and only those 5) squash would be on that list! Sadly, we don’t find them too often here on the Baja side of Mexico…so enjoy some for me! xoxo

3 Linda Hopkins { 12.30.11 at 8:39 AM }

Nancy, now you have me curious, what are the other 4 foods?!

4 Nancy { 12.30.11 at 5:34 PM }

Are you serious? But since you love food…you probably DO care and are curious, so here goes: Yogurt (no flavor, no sugar); good granola (not too sweet), fish taco’s; and CHEESE WITH SOFT CRUNCHY bread (I count that as one thing)…..and then yes, squash of all sorts (oh and beets too….but you hate those and I promised never to bring them up again, so forget I added that in)….xoxo Happy New Year!

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