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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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • Rub oil over squash and season with salt. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and add water.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until softened, about 20 minutes.

  • 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.

  • Remove squash from oven and reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Allow squash to cool for 5 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Remove from oven and tuck oregano sprigs between slices or lay on top. Sprinkle with cranberries and pistachios and drizzle with remaining glaze.

  • 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

426 calories; protein 5.5g; carbohydrates 68g; fat 19g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 421.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2018
Worth the extra effort! A few tips: 1. Line your baking sheet with heavy foil then spray with vegetable spray. 2. The sauce will be thicker than you expect. It does not drizzle but it can be brushed onto the butternut squash. 3. You may need to adjust the roasting time depending on how large your butternut squashes are. Mine was large and it took about 20 minutes more for it to get nice and soft. 4. When moving the end result from the baking sheet to a serving dish used to large spatulas and it will be just fine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/20/2018
Epic fail! I could not get the squash to cut correctly. It went everywhere. It was very messy. I loved the sauce though. I am going to try it again but microwave the squash so the peeling comes off and easy easy to cube. Then I will roast or bake the squash and add the sauce to it. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2018
This was so delicious. I changed the smoked paprika to regular paprika and used dried oregano instead of fresh. We loved it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2018
Worth the extra effort! A few tips: 1. Line your baking sheet with heavy foil then spray with vegetable spray. 2. The sauce will be thicker than you expect. It does not drizzle but it can be brushed onto the butternut squash. 3. You may need to adjust the roasting time depending on how large your butternut squashes are. Mine was large and it took about 20 minutes more for it to get nice and soft. 4. When moving the end result from the baking sheet to a serving dish used to large spatulas and it will be just fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2019
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2020
It peels easy with a potato peeler. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
I had to use minced walnuts instead but it still came out great! I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2019
Delicious I ate an entire half a squash cause it was so good Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2018
Made no changes but had one ingredient we didn t like we are thinking the smoked paprika. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/19/2018
Epic fail! I could not get the squash to cut correctly. It went everywhere. It was very messy. I loved the sauce though. I am going to try it again but microwave the squash so the peeling comes off and easy easy to cube. Then I will roast or bake the squash and add the sauce to it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2018
Great flavor! Read More
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