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Ginger and Cider Braised Winter Squash with Toasted Walnuts


Jamie Dougherty, Health & Lifestyle Coach.

This recipe was demonstrated for CUESA’s Food Wise Booth on November 2, 2010.

Serves 4-6


2 medium acorn or kabocha squash (about 2 pounds) or other firm winter squash
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
1 garlic clove, minced
1 inch piece freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 ½ cups fresh unfiltered apple cider or juice
1 cup water
2 teaspoons brown rice or apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Walnuts or almonds, toasted and chopped
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds


  1. If using kabocha squash, cut off the stem and split lengthwise.  Peel it with a vegetable peeler and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each piece lengthwise in half again, then crosswise into ½-inch -thick slices. If using an acorn squash use the same method however you do not have to peel it.

  2. Melt the butter in a large (12-inch) skillet over low heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not brown the garlic.
  3. Add the squash to the skillet, then the apple cider, water, vinegar, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat at an even boil until the cider has boiled down to a glaze and the squash is tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Taste and season with pepper, and additional salt if needed.  Top with fresh cilantro, toasted nuts, and pomegranate seeds and serve.



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