Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup is a simple crowd pleaser. First posted in 2014, this delicata squash is still one of my favorite winter vegetable dishes for its ease and flavor. And if you haven’t discovered pomegranate molasses yet, what are you waiting for? 

This post is part of a group called Progressive Eats, a virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month is hosted by Susan Pridmore, the founder of the blog The Wimpy Vegetarian. We’re featuring dishes prepared with winter squashes. Be sure to check out all the delicious recipes at the end of this post! 

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses on a white plate with squash and pomegranate showing

Roasted Delicata Squash: A Simple Healthy Side Dish

I post so many food photos, people assume I cook all the time. In reality, I don’t have nearly enough time in the kitchen. As committed as I am to eating healthy home-cooked foods, sometimes I take shortcuts (or make reservations). But shortcuts don’t have to be processed or unhealthy. Roasted delicata squash is a perfect example.

Do you have to Peel Delicata Squash?

Have you ever shied away from using winter squash because it’s a bear to cut up and peel? Delicata squash is small and manageable and best of all doesn’t require peeling. What? Sold to the crazy food blogger who has more love for squash than time to prepare it.

If you’re not familiar with delicata, grab a couple next time you see them at the store or farmers market. They are similar in color to butternut when you cut them open, but a bit milder in flavor. The Happy Boy Farms web site describes the flavor as hinting of sweet corn. Best of all, you can easily leave them in your fruit bowl on the counter for a couple of weeks (or more). I find that incredibly convenient.

Roasted Delicata Squash

Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup: A Perfect Match for Roasted Delicata Squash

Influenced by my Tasting Jerusalem virtual cooking community as well as a post I just wrote for October Unprocessed, I decided to combine date syrup and pomegranate molasses with olive oil to glaze the squash and then roast it. And for a terrific hit of flavor, color, and texture, top the roasted squash with fresh pomegranate seeds to finish.

Roasted Delicata Squash with pomegranate molasses and date syrup showing pomegranate molasses in an orange bowl dripping off of a spoon

Where Can I Buy Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup?

Date syrup and pomegranate molasses are available at your local Middle Eastern market or can be ordered online.

What Can I Substitute for Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup?

You can use maple syrup instead of the date, and balsamic vinegar instead of the pomegranate molasses. OR make your own pomegranate molasses – it is so simple. Just boil down pomegranate juice that you find at your local grocer or Trader Joe’s. Click here for my instructions to make your own pomegranate molasses.

Serve this dish warm out of the oven or at room temperature and it will look beautiful on a holiday buffet spread.

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup on a white plate with whole squash and half pomegranate in the background

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup

Roasted Delicata Squash will become your go-to fall, winter, and holiday side dish. Take it to the next level with pomegranate molasses and date syrup but no fear - you can sub in balsamic vinegar and maple syrup if you don't have or can't easily find pomegranate molasses and date syrup.

Course Side Dish
Keyword delicata, holiday side dish, side dish, winter squash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 231 kcal
Author Beth Lee

Ingredients

  • 1 delicata squash about 12 – 15 oz
  • 1 tablespoon date syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: Aleppo pepper or any spicy red pepper to taste, fresh pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries would be lovely too

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice the delicata squash down the center vertically, remove the seeds (you can toast these like pumpkin seeds if you want), and cut each half into half moons. You do not need to remove the skin. It is completely edible.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the date syrup, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Place the squash moons on a cookie sheet or parchment-lined cookie sheet then pour the date mixture over the squash and mix it around until the pieces are coated fairly evenly. If you want a hint of spiciness, sprinkle on some Aleppo pepper (a mild turkish red pepper or any red pepper that you prefer) and then pop it in the oven.
  5. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, then turn the squash moons and bake for 7 minutes more.
  6. While the squash is roasting, cut open your pomegranate to release about a 1/3 cup of seeds. Use as much or as little as you like – this does not have to be precise.
  7. Remove the squash from the oven and sprinkle the fresh pomegranate seeds all over to finish the dish. If you place the squash on a nice serving dish and then sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top, it will make a beautiful presentation. You can also eat this at room temperature. So think about this for your Thanksgiving buffet or any fall dinner – it’s an easy dish to prepare ahead and serve.

 

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup will become your favorite fall, winter, and holiday side dish. No-peel delicata with this super simple glaze will be ready to eat in under a half hour including prep time. No pomegranate molasses or date syrup - super easy pantry staples like balsamic vinegar and maple syrup can be substituted. #vegan #fallvegetables #delicatasquash #holidaysides #sidedish #pomegranates #pomegranate molasses

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45 Responses to Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate Molasses and Date Syrup

  1. Lizthechef October 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I really need to try this squash – can’t believe I haven’t. I keep buying acorn and butternut, our favorites, but promise to try delicata next!

    • Beth Lee October 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Oh you really should try it – I know you’ll find so many great ways to use it and it’s perfect when you need to speed up the prep time just a little bit. Thanks for stopping by Liz. Always fun to see you here and on your blog 🙂

  2. Hannah October 29, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Stunning,, Beth! I love the flavors you combine here and I think I could easily nibble away the entire pan. I’m putting this on our Thanksgiving menu. Delicata squash is really lovely and so pretty, too. An easy weeknight meal I’ve made with it is to slice the squash into a large cast iron skillet, place a whole chicken on top, drizzle a little chicken broth around, season with salt and pepper and pop it in the oven. The squash is so yummy cooked in the chicken juices. I hope you’re having a wonderful autumn!

    • Beth Lee October 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      What a fantastic idea Hannah! I am definitely going to try that. And this is so great for Thanksgiving – you can even make it ahead and serve room temp. But you must share a picture of your version because I know you will do something grand with it, even if you follow my recipe 🙂

  3. Betsy @ Desserts Required October 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    I have never made delicata squash before but you sold me when I read that they do not have to be peeled!! Pinned for later. 🙂

    • Beth Lee October 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      Try it, you’ll like it. Thanks for the comment and the pin and let me know how you like it. Did you see Hannah’s suggestion to put a chicken on top and roast in the oven? That looks yummy too. But yeah, no peeling and I was sold!

  4. Christina Lakey | Food Apparel October 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Never tried delicata – sounds intriguing! I’ll definitely have to experiment with some.

  5. Diane Williams October 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    We grow Delicata Squash. Love the stuff! I’ll try it with this recipe looks excellent!

  6. Judy November 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Thanks for coming and linking up at our Happy Holidays Link Party. We’d love to see you back next week starting Saturdays @7pm ET on The Midnight Baker from now until Christmas!
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  7. CoSuDu March 25, 2015 at 4:37 am #

    Looks so good!! Thank you!!

  8. Justine Howell September 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    Haven’t found a lot of recipes for this type of squash, this one was perfect.

    • Beth Lee September 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

      Yay – glad it’s helpful. You can riff from this idea using the flavors and ingredients you have on hand. Also, I’ve stuffed these with great success – kind of like a zucchini – just takes a little longer to cook!

  9. Linda September 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    This dish sounds delicious! I love cooking with squash but have yet to see a delicata squash in any of the stores in my area. I’ve been dying to try one and when I do this recipe will come in handy.

    • Beth Lee September 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      They should be appearing soon! Pop back over when they do and let me know what you make!

  10. Nellie Tracy October 11, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    Wow. These are amazing!

    • Beth Lee October 11, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

      Thanks Nellie – an underused squash that is so easy to work with.

  11. Lisa October 11, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    I have a delicata squash and was looking for an easy recipe to use it. This one fits perfect!

    • Beth Lee October 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

      Yay! Such an easy squash to work with! I’m working on more recipes.

  12. Molly Kumar October 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    This is so delicious and a perfect side for Christmas brunches. I’m saving to try the recipe soon.

    • Beth Lee October 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

      Yes a staple for a brunch or any potluck table. Enjoy!

  13. Liz October 30, 2018 at 4:37 am #

    Oooh, such a tasty, elegant way to prepare squash! I adore these flavors!!

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

      They are so easy but just a little bit different.

  14. Suzy October 30, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    This dish looks gorgeous! And the flavors are on point!

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

      Thanks so much Suzy – Enjoy this super easy side dish!

  15. Karen October 30, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    This is the second endorsement I’ve seen today for delicata squash. I also recently acquired some pomegranate molasses. It must be a sign!!!

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

      Oh it totally is – try it – I promise you will like it. 🙂

  16. Joanie October 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    I loved how easy this recipe came together. The perfect recipe for fall – thank you!

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

      You are so welcome – enjoy!

  17. Sandra October 30, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    This is such a pretty dish and would be great to serve at a dinner party! Definitely going to pick up some delicata squash the next time I’m at the Farmer’s market.

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

      Yes yes yes – buy some and I promise you will be a fan! And get oohs and aaahs at your next dinner party!

  18. Laura @motherwouldknow October 30, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    I have pomegranate molasses, but haven’t tried date syrup. You’ve got me curious now, and especially because I also haven’t done much with delicata squash. I’ll check my local mideast store for the date syrup and I’ll be off and running.

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

      I think you’ll love date syrup but even if you use maple instead, it comes out terrific. Perhaps a slightly different nuance but still wonderful. Let me know what you think!

  19. Jane October 30, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    What a perfect side dish for the holidays Beth! So beautiful and my mouth is absolutely watering just reading about it. I can’t wait to make this!!

    • Beth Lee October 30, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      I made it at my demo and it was a huge hit. Make ahead and so good even at room temp.

  20. Carol Borchardt November 2, 2018 at 6:34 am #

    I need to give delicata squash a try. We’ve got so much butternut squash from our garden but I love that you can just slice delicata, seed it and cook it. The pomegranate molasses and date syrup sound lovely with it!

    • Beth Lee November 2, 2018 at 7:33 am #

      Did you know when you roast butternut you can leave the peel on? Give delicata a try when your garden supply is dwindling

  21. Rita November 2, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    No peel? you got me! Is delicata on the sweet side?

    • Beth Lee November 2, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      I don’t think it’s particularly sweet and it works great w all kinds of other adds – for example it is great stuffed – see the wimpy vegetarians link in this post. Try it – you’ll love it!

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