autumn acorn squash pita “nachos” with pomegranates & blue cheese
Let the squashing begin!
No, this is not like the episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy visits a vineyard and stomps around in a big vat of wine grapes. But, Lucille Ball’s face in that episode was priceless. As a kid, I was a big fan of I Love Lucy re-runs. Just between you and me, sometimes, when Mr. B works from home, I enter the house, and belt out, “Lucy, I’m HOMMMMMMME.” Mr. B always looks confused.
The squashing I’m referring to is of the acorn, butternut, and other “squash-izzles.” This past weekend, I roasted, baked, blended, and roasted more squash then ever.. I swear my oven wanted to punch me in the face. The crazy thing is, I am not a huge squash lover; but it’s hard not to have eyes for these fellows at the grocery store. I mean it’s like squash porn at Whole Foods.
My typical buying behavior favors butternut squash because let’s be real, when you can buy it frozen in a bag, all chopped up and ready to go, you butternut everything. Oddly, I passed by the butternut squash and my eyes immediately landed on acorn squash. “Oh, hello, little fellow.” I haven’t cooked with him in ages and into the cart he went.
On the way home for the grocery store, I had big plans for this squash and it involved little half moons. Little half moons roasted with sprinkles of red pepper flakes. And that’s what I did. I roasted them to golden perfection, placed them on top of crispy pita chips, then covered them with farro, blue cheese, and pomegranate seeds. One bite of these and you’ll be squashing the rest of winter.
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Autumn Acorn Squash Pita "Nachos" with Pomegranates & Blue Cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 acorn squash, seeds removed, sliced into half moons
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup farro, cooked
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
3 whole pitas, cut into triangles, toasted
salted and pepper to taste
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the acorn squash on the baking sheet and drizzle tops with olive oil followed by red pepper flakes, s&p. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
On another baking sheet, place 1/2 of the pita triangles onto the sheet. Top with 1/2 cup farro, 1/2 cup acorn squash, 1/4 cup blue cheese, and 1/4 cup mozzarella. Then, add the remaining pita, squash, farro, blue cheese, and mozzarella. Place back in the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and garnish with pomegranate seeds.