FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Spiced Winter Squash & Chardonnay

Stuck for an idea for a side dish to serve for the holidays? Kendall-Jackson has the perfect dish to serve - Spiced Winter Squash. Pair with Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay.

~ Recipe by Chef Tracey Shepos Cenami

  • 3 lbs. winter squash (such as butternut, acorn or kabocha), peeled, seeded and cut into uniform 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp., plus 1/8 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. pepitas
  • 1½ tsp. pomegranate molasses
  • ½ orange, zested
  • 8 mint leaves, torn

Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Place a large baking sheet in oven for 5 minutes to preheat.

In a large bowl, add squash, honey, spices, olive oil and salt. Stir to coat squash. Carefully, pour squash onto hot baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes depending on the type and size of the squash. Test doneness by piercing squash with a fork - the edges should be caramelized and the squash should be tender, but not mushy.

Toss pepitas in 1/8 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake at 350⁰F for 10 to 12 minutes until browned and crunchy.

To serve: Toss the squash with pomegranate molasses and orange zest. Garnish with pepitas and mint leaves.

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