"The glaze creates a smoky caramelized topping, and the cranberries and pistachios add tartness and crunch. My 10-year-old walked in as I pulled this from the oven for the first time and announced, ‘that’s beautiful!’ It’s just as amazing in flavor, and it makes a gorgeous, elegant side."


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  • 1 tablespoon oil, or as needed
  • 1 large butternut squash – peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
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    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    2. Rub oil over squash and season with salt. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and add water.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until softened, about 20 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, combine butter, honey, cinnamon, garlic, oregano leaves, orange peel, and paprika in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat sauce until combined, 1 to 3 minutes.
    5. Remove squash from oven and reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Allow squash to cool for 5 minutes.
    6. Slice squash partway through vertically, leaving the bottom portion attached. Drizzle with 1/2 the sauce. Return to the hot oven and bake 10 minutes more.
    7. Remove from the oven and press gently on the squash to separate slices. Drizzle 1/2 of the remaining sauce on top and return to the hot oven. Bake 10 more minutes.
    8. Remove from oven and tuck oregano sprigs between slices or lay on top. Sprinkle with cranberries and pistachios and drizzle with remaining glaze.
    9. Bake in the hot oven 10 minutes more.


    • Cook’s Note:
    • A tip I learned from the internet: Place a wooden spoon beside the squash and carefully hold your knife level while slicing, using the spoon as a guide to keep from going through.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 426 calories;19 g fat;68 g carbohydrates;5.5 g protein;31 mg cholesterol;422 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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