Dec 19

A Holiday Feast

The holiday season is officially in full swing and with only a few days left until Christmas, the next item on your To Do List is most certainly putting together your grocery list for the perfect holiday feast. With friends and family all gathering together, this is definitely a meal you want to pull out all of the stops for. While your table will certainly be filled with all of the classics including roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, no holiday feast is complete without a signature dish that is totally unique to your meal! To make your holiday planning a little easier, the PNE’s head chef, Aaron Jeffs, has agreed to share his tried-and-true recipe for roasted squash which will have all of your holiday guests begging for more!  Aaron assures you that being “sweet and savoury, this dish has the flavour of Christmas in the North.”

Roasted Acorn Squash with Red Onions and Cranberries

-1 large red onion

-1/3 cup cranberries

-3 tbsp. olive oil

-1/2 tbsp. kosher salt

-1/2 tsp cracked pepper

-2 tbsp. pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Peel and chop acorn squash into 3/4 inch cubes discarding the seeds and skin and place in an oven safe roasting dish

Peel and chop red onion and add to squash

Drizzle squash and onion with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper and massage until well coated

Bake in oven until squash is soft enough to pierce with a fork and browning in colour (approx. 30-45 minutes)

Remove from oven and up oven temperature to 425 degrees

Add dried cranberries and maple syrup to squash mixture and gently stir to coat

Place back in oven for 7 to 10 minutes to caramelize

Remove from oven and serve

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Happy holidays from the PNE!

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