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Issue 438: Maple-Glazed Winter Vegetables with Ginger Pecan Crunch

Rivky Kleiman

Beautiful presentation and savory flavor make this a very welcome side dish

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

 Mishpacha-Recipe

Food preparation by Brynie Greisman Food and prop styling by Amit Farber Photography by Daniel Lailah

The name speaks for itself. Simply divine!

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 6–8

  • 3 small beets
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Dressing
    • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed, optional
    • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
    •   
Ginger Pecan Crunch
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cold margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pecan halves
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Wash and dry beets. Pierce each beet a few times all around with the prongs of a fork. Wrap each beet separately in a piece of silver foil. Place all 3 beet bundles in a small baking pan. Place pan on the center rack in your oven and roast for 1 hour. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, wash and dry the acorn squash. Microwave on high for 2 minutes to loosen the peel. (If microwave is unavailable, continue here. It will work, it will only be slightly more difficult to peel.) Place on a cutting board and slice in half. Clean out center. Slice into wedges. Cut away outer peel.

Layer peeled acorn squash wedges in an oven-to-tableware or greased ramekins. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, turning once (it should be fork tender). Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the Ginger Pecan Crunch: Mix flour, sugars, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl. Cut margarine pieces in and mash with a fork until coarse crumbs form. Stir in chopped pecans and set aside.

When beets are done roasting and cooled, open foil and peel off the skin. Slice into thin wedges. Place in the baking pan with the squash. Mix all dressing ingredients together. Pour over roasted vegetables and toss together. Top with Ginger Pecan Crunch and return to oven for 20 minutes. Can be enjoyed warm or room temperature.

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