Sweet & Savory Oven-Roasted Winter Squash Recipe With Vanilla Brown Butter & Sage by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

Side Dishes Holidays
9 months ago
Sweet & Savory Oven-Roasted Winter Squash Recipe With Vanilla Brown Butter & Sage

Winter squash just begs to be roasted. Invite sage to the party and it becomes the perfect side dish to serve for holiday gatherings (or just on a Wednesday). Not a fan of sage? Use another herb like rosemary, parsley, basil or thyme.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 6 - 8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • vanilla bean, cut open and seeds scraped
  • ground cloves
  • 4 pounds mixed squash, such as Delicata, Red Kuri and Kabocha squash scrubbed, seeded and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and vanilla bean pod with the seeds, 1 fresh sage leaf and a tiny pinch of ground cloves. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is deeply browned and has a nutty aroma, about 5 to 8 minutes. Discard the vanilla bean.
  2. On a baking sheet, drizzle the squash and a few sage leaves with the vanilla-infused browned butter and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. 
  3. Place in a 400-degree F preheated oven on the middle rack and roast for about 25 minutes, gently turning once, until the squash is golden brown and tender. Discard the sage.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil. In batches, fry about 12 sage leaves over moderate heat, stirring, until crisp, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sage to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Scatter the fried sage over the squash. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. 

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