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Sweet and Savory Hasselback Butternut Squash

Rated as 4.29 out of 5 Stars

"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 h 10 m servings 426
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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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 68 5.5 31 422 Full nutrition

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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 b...

This was so delicious. I changed the smoked paprika to regular paprika and used dried oregano instead of fresh. We loved it!!!

Great flavor!

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 come...

Made no changes but had one ingredient we didn’t like , we are thinking the smoked paprika.