Roasted Acorn Squash & Apples with Pan-Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Photo by Mikkel Vang / Styling by John Bjostad

A touch of Sherry vinegar adds a soft, bright note to keep the dish from tasting too sweet. Green pumpkin seeds add crunch and color.

  • 3 acorn squash, peeled and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 6 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Place squash and apples in enameled cast-iron (or other nonstick) roasting pan. Drizzle butter on top. Toss with salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 30 minutes. Increase temperature to 375˚F. Remove aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes to brown apples and squash.

When squash and apples have about 5 minutes left to bake, heat a cast-iron or copper skillet to medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and toast 3 minutes, stirring them to avoid scorching.

Remove squash and apples from oven. Drizzle with Sherry vinegar, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Transfer to serving dish or serve in roasting pan. Serves 12.

Published on July 27, 2016
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

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