One of the many things I love about the fall season is squash. Squash is the ultimate comfort food for me. A little bit of savory and a little bit of sweet, combined to add great flavor to many dishes. Can we get an Amen for that? But there is one little (literally) squash in particular that has never made it to the top of my “must-make” list. That squash being the delicata squash. Why you wonder? Well because that little squash is tiny, I’m not even sure one entire squash would fill me up. So I’ve always just steered clear of it knowing that the hubs and I can put away some serious food.
It is such a lame excuse, I know. So when I stumbled, literally stumbled upon a bag of four in my garage I knew I couldn’t just let them go to waste because we don’t throw good food away. So I used them to come up with this recipe. Caramelized onions (YUM) + crispy sage (HOLLA) + Roasted delicata squash in a butter sauce (SQUEAL)! This dish just happened and now is up there on the charts as one of my favorite fall recipes. We’ve made it twice, in two days.
Can we talk about crispy sage for a minute? Sage, that soft, fuzzy leaf that you wonder how in the world you will chew. Well that bad boy is out of this world when it is fried in butter. Top notch my friends, top notch. There is just something about it that you can’t even describe. An indescribable, full of goodness, flavor that makes you wonder if you could just fry up a bunch and eat it for lunch. Not feeling it? I’ve never done it but the thought has crossed my mind. BAH, help me! So instead, you just fry up sage and put it in everything, and sneak bites as you are cooling it from the frying pan. MMMmmm sage.
Do you want to know what is even better than fried sage? That beautiful wooden spoon sitting next to my favorite and most beautiful cast iron skillet. That spoon and this spatula could very well be my new favorite kitchen utensils. Nothing quite beats wooden utensils, nothing. The feel, the look, the smell, really it is dreamy. The good news, you could be one lucky winner of a 3-piece spatula set!! I’m envisioning you jumping up and down screaming in excitement like you have been chosen to be on Oprah’s favorite things spectacular. So your jumping right? And screaming? Good, because this beautiful spatula set really could be yours!
I am delighted to be working with the fabulous makers of these handmade wooden utensils from Polders’ Old World Kitchen to sponsor this post. One of the many reasons I love this company is that they take it back to the basics. They believe in kitchen products that are personality inspired in their design, hand-crafted, and each of them unique. You won’t find any computer operated machinery in their shop, just rows of fine Swiss-made utensils and piles of little, irregular squares of worn out sandpaper. They believe that the result of their work is something with an enduring elegance, quality and inspiration not found elsewhere.
I have to agree. I’ve touched, smelled and worked with their fine utensils and they are dreamy. The elegance, the feel it is unlike anything you will find at the store. Plus the styles and shapes are unique allowing for better technique and use in the kitchen. It really is time to throw out your plastic utensils and get back to the basics with these hand-crafted, wood beauties.
As I peruse their site taking in all that they have to offer, I’ve decided I want one of everything. And what a fun gift to give this holiday season, the gift that keeps on giving. I’m thinking instead of a bottle of wine for a hostest gift, why not a wooden spoon? Yes please! It is a gift of thought, hand-made, practical and yet so incredibly beautiful. Anyone would be happy to receive something from the Old World Kitchen.
The best part is, you can get a set of these amazing spatulas for FREE! Yep, that’s right, I have partnered with them to host a giveaway right here for a 3-piece spatula set ending Sunday. Just be sure to stop by their site, scratch a few gifts off of your list and treat yourself to something nice! You have my full and complete permission! Even better, now through December 1st, use the code “MerryChristmas14” for 10% off your entire order. Be sure to get your orders in early as these handmade crafts aren’t made by the thousands! Enjoy taking a look at all they have to offer and I hope you soon will be enjoying the smell and feel as well!
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- 2 Whole Delicata Squash
- 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (Coconut Oil for Vegan)
- 1 tsp Dried Thyme
- Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (Coconut Oil for Vegan)
- 1 Cup Sweet Onion, finely sliced
- 4 tsp Fresh Sage, finely chopped
- Heat the oven to 350
- Peel the squash, leaving the skin in the crevices.
- Trim the ends of the squash and cut in half lengthwise to scoop out the seeds.
- Slice the halves crosswise into approximately ¼" slices.
- In a 10" cast iron skillet, heat 1 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat and add half of the squash into a single layer and cook without moving until the slices begin to brown, about 2 minutes.
- Flip each piece and cook an additional 2 minutes on the other side.
- Transfer completed squash to a separate plate and repeat with the remaining squash.
- Sprinkle the squash with the thyme, salt and pepper.
- Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter in the skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion, stirring frequently until they turn a golden brown on the edges.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and immediately add the sage, scraping up the browned parts remaining in the skillet.
- Place cooked squash back in skillet and combine with onion and sage.
- Cover the skillet with foil and bake in the oven until the squash is tender, approximately 30 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper after removing from oven.
This giveaway is a sponsored post in partnership with Polder’s Old World Market. I have partnered with them to share their handmade cooking utensils, and all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands I love that help make this site possible.