Squash Rounds with Shallot-Cider Sauce

A richly flavored caramelized shallot-cider sauce turns baked butternut squash rounds into a beautiful starter or side dish for a fall party.

Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Used by permission. (c) Eating Well, Inc.

Squash Rounds with  Shallot-Cider Sauce

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    1 3-pound butternut squash, with a 6-inch-long neck (see Shopping Tip) 1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons canola oil 1 cup cup apple cider
    2 cups thinly sliced shallots, (8-10 medium) 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon light brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)


    Prep: 40 min Total: 60 min
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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

    • 2

      Cut off the neck of the squash and peel it. Slice into twelve 1/2-inch-thick rounds; remove any stray fibrous threads or seeds in the centers. (Reserve the rest of the squash for another use, such as squash puree). Place the squash rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with foil.

    • 3

      Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes more.

    • 4

      Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, brown sugar and salt and reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring often, until the shallots are softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in cider and vinegar and cook until most of the liquid is evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes.

    • 5

      To serve, place 1 squash round on a small plate and top with about 2 1/2 tablespoons shallot sauce. Place a second round on top and finish with another 2 1/2 tablespoons of sauce and a sprinkling of walnuts. Repeat with the remaining squash, shallot sauce and walnuts.


    Shopping Tip: Look for a squash with a long slender neck like a goose—at least 6 inches long and about 3 inches wide.

    Tip: To toast chopped walnuts, heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

    nutritional information

    2 g
    11 g
    Saturated Fat:
    1 g
    25 g
    4 g
    203 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    4 g
    1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat
    0 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    1 1/2
    536 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin C (25% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv).
    Added Sugars:
    1 g
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