Butternut Squash Blossom - Vegetarian

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Let this pretty, hearty Butternut squash baked in a cast iron skillet be your next Vegetarian centerpiece. You will love this dish where the nuttiness of the butternut squash combined with onions and thyme and baked to perfection will be a treat to your savory taste buds. Easy to prep and a delight to assemble, this a super flavorful and bright roasted Butternut squash dishThe mild sweetness from the caramelized maple syrup and squash along with the smoky, savory flavor from onions, garlic and cumin is a flavor bomb. 

Butternut squash blossom
Butternut squash blossom

Ingredients

  • Butternut squash - 1, peeled, halved lengthwise and seeds removed 

  • Yellow onion - 1/2 cup, diced

  • Garlic - 1 teaspoon, finely minced

  • Olive oil - 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin - 1/2 teaspoon ground

  • Fresh thyme - 1 tablespoon

  • Oregano - 1 teaspoon

  • Kosher salt - 2 teaspoons

  • Black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon, freshly ground

  • Pure maple syrup - 3 teaspoons

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the peeled, halved squash cut side down in a baking dish; fill with 1 inch of water. Cover loosely and microwave on High for 5 minutes.

  3. Let cool slightly, slice squash and place in a large bowl.The slices have to be thin and uniform. If you have a mandoline at home, it's time to break it out. 

  4. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add oil. When the oil is sizzling, add onions and cook till golden and translucent. Stir in garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and 1 teaspoons of maple syrup. Add mixture to squash slices in the bowl and toss to combine.

  5. Starting at the outer edge of the same skillet, arrange squash slices in slightly overlapping concentric circles to form a flower shape. Bake in preheated oven until squash is tender and edges begin to crisp, about 30- 40 minutes. The edges should look slightly crisp. Drizzle with remaining 1 teaspoons of maple syrup. 

  6. The skillet goes from the oven to the table for serving.

  7. Enjoy!

The inspiration for this recipe is from the Blossom recipe published in Southern Living. I modified the recipe to add more spices and make it a vegetarian. 

Products used in this recipe

Cast iron skillet

Pre-seasoned

Pure maple syrup

Oregano

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