Delicata squash is one of my favorite fall vegetables. I prefer roasting it at a high heat (450° F) to help develop some nice caramelization. Roasted delicata squash is both savory and subtly sweet, and the tangy and spicy yogurt dressing highlights the natural flavor of the squash, with the sweet and tart pomegranate seeds punctuating the savory notes of this recipe.
If you want to get creative, the spicy yogurt dressing in this recipe is very versatile, and works well with a wide variety of roasted vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, green beans, or carrots. If you enjoy spicy food, increase the amount of aleppo pepper in the dressing, or garnish the finished dish with extra aleppo pepper. Feel free to experiment. —Josh Cohen
Prep the delicata squash by removing each end with a sharp knife and then slicing each squash in half the long way. Use a spoon to scoop out and discard all the seeds from the inside of each squash. Slice each squash into half-moons 1/2-inch thick.
Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment, and spread the squash into single even layers, using both baking sheets. Drizzle the squash with just enough olive oil to coat, and season lightly with salt. Roast the squash for about 10 minutes, then rotate the baking sheets in the oven to ensure even cooking. Roast for 10 more minutes, until the squash looks caramelized around the edges.
While the squash are cooking, make the spicy yogurt dressing. Combine the yogurt with the aleppo pepper, coriander, cumin, and lime juice. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch or two of salt. If you are using a thick "Greek-style" yogurt, you should add 2 tablespoons of water to thin out your dressing. Taste and adjust as necessary with more salt, lime juice, or aleppo pepper.
When your squash has finished roasting, set it aside until it has cooled to room temperature. In a large mixing bowl, combine the squash with the dressing. Gently toss to coat the squash in the dressing. Taste and adjust with more salt as necessary. To serve, transfer the squash onto individual plates or a large serving platter, and garnish with the parsley and pomegranate seeds.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, I’m perpetually inspired by the diversity of foods that exist in this city. I love shopping at the farmer’s market, making ingredients taste like the best versions of themselves, and rolling fresh pasta. I learned how to make fresh pasta in Italy, where I spent the first 6 months of my career as a chef. I've been cooking professionally in New York City since 2010.