Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Eating My Way Through Thanksgiving

I'm. So. Excited. It's Thanksgiving tomorrow. I have lots to do. And lots to eat. My kitchen is about to explode. I have a few precious moments to spare, dear readers, so here I am. I'm sitting on the very edge of this chair as I'm typing, back ramrod straight, which is a clear sign of how pumped I am. My brain is a scattered mess. All I know is that I have the next few minutes to finish this post, then I must watch the new Top Chef episode because it would be sacrilegious to miss it. I wonder if I can say "Top Chef" when asked tomorrow about "things I'm thankful for"?! Erm, I suppose not.

Hah, I was just kidding about all the stuff I have to do for tomorrow. Listen to this. I've rather conveniently gotten myself invited to Thanksgiving at a relative's place tomorrow, so all DH and I have to do is show up. On time (tougher than you think, since we have to drive about 2-3 hours to get there). I'm so giddy with relief that I could skip and hum all the way there. So really, my entire prep for this holiday is getting my stomach ready to ingest copious amounts of delicious goodies - something I've become quite the expert on. But I'm not completely shameless, folks. P-Dub has taught me a thing or two, after all. So I think I'll make Ree's amazing acorn squash recipe, which I can warm up in the hostess' oven before the meal. I did a trial run on these, and look at the golden deliciousness that ensued.
Pretty as a flower, isn't she?

Sweet-Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash (adapted from Ree's recipe)
Serves 2-3

Click here for printable recipe

1 acorn squash
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Half stick of butter, at room temp
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary
Salt to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Cut your squash in half, then into wedges. Place them in a baking dish, skin side down. Splash the olive oil over them and place in the oven for 15 mins.
This shot's for you Ree, because I *heart* Pioneer Woman ... erm, but not in a psycho-stalker kind of way, of course. I should've taken that knife out of the shot, shouldn't I? Shoot.

3. Combine butter, brown sugar, salt and rosemary in a bowl and mix into a paste.

4. Remove squash from oven and generously schmear all of the butter mixture over the wedges, then put them back in the oven for 30 mins.
5. Halfway through the roasting process, your butter paste will have become a sweet sauce. Brush this sauce over the squash wedges then continue roasting till time is complete.

6. Serve in the baking dish, drizzling more sauce in the end. And if you happen to lick the spoon after, you are perfectly within your rights, so don't let anyone else tell you otherwise!
Hot dayyum! How you doin' good lookin'?!

Verdict: Roasted squash has got to be nature's vegetable candy. And baking it with butter and brown sugar just takes it over the top. I can't get over how great these turned out. Tender and glossy, with strong butterscotch notes all over. Even DH was ooing and ahhing over this. I can see myself pairing this would many other dishes, like chicken or lasagna - or a mid-afternoon snack, perhaps?!

This is my contribution to the Thanksgiving round-up over at Foodie Fans of The Pioneer Woman, hosted by myself and Debby of A Feast For The Eyes. What're you waiting for? You should join in the fun! See you at the round-up on Nov 30th.

Have a fantabulous Thanksgiving my lovely readers!


lubnakarim06 said...

Wow...that's an yum looking recipe....pumpkin and rosemary combo sounds very new....Enjoy the day...have fun....

Cathy said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mari said...

Lol I think Thanksgiving is the best day in the world for foodies lol....

have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

Cristie said...

What a beautiful blog! Your pictures are wonderful and I love your content.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sushma Mallya said...

Happy thanksgiving muneeba...Never did this one before, must be really good as it looks..

Foodiewife said...

You lucky duck! You get to be a guest for dinner? I'm cooking, as always. Muneeba, what a beautiful photo! P-Dub would be so proud of you. I'm getting ready to my my Pioneer Woman side dish. I won't reveal it until it's blogged and posted on November 30th. It's going to be good!
I hope to see pics of what you had cooked for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Joanne said...

haha I DO eat acorn squash for dessert. It is just so delicious! And totally guilt free.

I am bringing a P-Dub recipe to Thanksgiving as well. You just can't go wrong with her food. Isn't it awesome not to have to prepare copious amounts of food? Then you get to focus your energy on (a) making one really good dish and (b) mentally preparing yourself to ingest ridiculous amounts of food.

Have a good one!

Unknown said...

Yeah, I love these kind of sweet veggies. Sweet potato is another good one. Anyway, I hope you had an excellent thanksgiving. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. *kisses* HH

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

What a lovely dish this is!! I don't think that we can buy this sort of pumpkin over here,...Looks very good!

chow and chatter said...

Happy thanksgiving, oh I love your name and this squash looks yummy, great color, i got invited to friends as well!

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice one for dessert:)

Anonymous said...

Yum! I love the addition of rosemary! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Faith said...

I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Butterscotch-y squash?! This sounds amazing!