Delicata Squash for a perfect Thanksgiving side dish

The first time I had delicata squash was about a year ago.  It came served on the side of halibut I ordered at a restaurant.  I was so surprised to see the skin still on and how my fork just went right through it!  I instantly fell in love.

It’s a pain to cut up winter squash and take the skin off but I do it every season.  However this season has been a lot easier with these little cuties.


I know a lot of people use brown sugar and butter to top squash but this combo I use of butter, maple syrup, and sage is so delicious!  Your kids will eat it too.

2 Delicata Squash
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons real maple syrup (not the runny fake stuff)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage


Awww lets get started!

Preheat oven to 425°.  First rinse the squash really well with warm water.  Then carefully lay the squash on a cutting board and slice in half lengthwise.  Scoop out all the seeds and string with a spoon.


Then make 1/2 inch slices all the way through each half.  You can make the slices thicker if you want.  I use smaller slices when I will have a lot of items on my plate like at Thanksgiving.  🙂  And I’ll use thicker slices for smaller meals.

Spread the slices on a baking sheet, use 2 baking sheets if needed so that all slices are touching the bottom. Drizzle the olive oil and salt on and mix the slices with your hands to make sure each ring gets some.

Roast for 10 minutes.  Then flip with a spatula and roast for another 10 minutes.  If a fork doesn’t easily insert into a slice after 20 minutes, then keep cooking for 5 minute allotments. Make sure they don’t get too soft though.

When squash is done and cooling off a little, melt the butter in a small sauce pan.  Then add in the maple syrup and chopped fresh sage and mix together.

Put the cooled, cooked squash slices into a bowl and pour mixture over and toss.  I like to cool the slices off a little because the mixture sticks better.

And voila.  Yummy delicious delicata squash!  Haha I barely get time to take a picture of the done product before it gets devoured.  But please feel free to post yours!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!