This would make a great side dish for your Thanksgiving table. I served it with turkey’s little step-sister, chicken — so I can just imagine it with turkey, stuffing and all the fixings.
Two words I never heard together before … pickled raisins. They entered my consciousness the other day and I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I was smitten, so I set out to create something. I love dishes that bring an ingredient yin and yang. In this case, raisins and honey provide the sweet while vinegar gives us sour. There’s a touch of heat and a little butter which helps balance and round it all out.
Acorn Squash with Pickled Raisins
For Presentation: Stack rings and fill center with the raisins. Drizzle honey, sprinkle a mix of nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar.
Finishing Touch: fresh grind of black pepper.
Note: (1) The squash flesh wasn’t as sweet as anticipated (perhaps because it was ‘green’ acorn squash?). If I had this variety again, I would probably add sugar or more honey. (2) I would probably also make more of the pickled raisins to totally permeate the squash as it baked.
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