Caramelized Delicata Squash

Glazed in brown sugar and white wine vinegar, this squash from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy is a wonderful balance of sweet and savory.

Ingredients:
1 pound Delicata squash, trimmed, peeled, seeded and cut into half moon slices
½ cup olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced (optional)

Method:
1. Heat oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until the garlic is softened and fragrant, but not browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Press down on cloves to release their flavor, then remove from skillet and set aside.

2. Arrange a layer of squash slices in the skillet and fry, turning once or twice, until lightly browned on both sides and just tender. Transfer to a platter and continue to fry squash in batches.

3. In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. Carefully return all of the squash slices to the skillet. Sprinkle sugar-vinegar mixture over the squash and season with salt and pepper. Cook, gently moving pieces of squash around, for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until sauce is reduced to a thick syrup. Sprinkle mint over top if using.

4. Return squash to platter, cover loosely and let sit for about 30 minutes to allow flavors to mingle. Serve at room temperature.

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Herb-Roasted Winter Squash

We turn to this simple method time and time again—the combination of sage, thyme and garlic infuses any variety of squash with a rich, wonderful flavor.

Ingredients:
1 Acorn, Delicata, Kabocha or other squash of your choice
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
½ cup chopped yellow onion
2-3 tablespoons fresh sage
2-3 tablespoons fresh thyme
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.

2. Fill cavity of both halves with garlic, onion, fresh sage and thyme, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Place herb-filled halves face down on a lightly oiled baking dish and bake until done (the squash should be fork-tender).

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Oktoberfest Recipes

In keeping with the warm, soulful flavors of classic Oktoberfest, this week’s lineup takes a trip to Bavaria with favorites such as smoky bratwurst links, wholegrain mustard and our housemade tangy sauerkraut. Complemented by an array of fall all-stars like Delicata squash, Hakurei turnips, leeks and rainbow carrots to incorporate into comforting side dishes, this box also includes red Pimento peppers, roasted pecans and our signature cornichons, plus Honeycrisp apples and our accompanying apple cake mix to bake up a fitting dessert for this cozy and comforting feast—prost!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bratwurst with Caramelized Onions & Sweet Peppers
This inviting main dish is incredibly flavorful! (If you happen to have any leftovers, try piling them into a sandwich with this week’s pumpernickel bread.)

German Potato Salad
This ultra-flavorful and satisfying side dish is best served warm.

Buttery Braised Leeks
Accented with just a squeeze of lemon, these sublime leeks are also a worthy side dish.

Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful recipe from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Honeycrisp Apple & Rainbow Carrot Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing
This refreshing, brightly-colored slaw is a snap to do-ahead.

F&L Apple Cake
Moist and incredibly flavorful, this cake comes together in just minutes!

Baked Delicata Squash

Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful side also from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Ingredients:
2 Delicata squash, halved, seeded and cut in half crosswise to yield 4 total pieces
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Pinch grated nutmeg
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Arrange the pieces of squash, cut-side up, on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle cream over squash pieces and use a pastry brush to spread evenly around. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle each piece with a little nutmeg and then a sprinkle of the Parmigiano.

3. Bake squash for 30-40 minutes, basting once or twice during cooking. The squash is done when cream is thickened and lightly browned, and flesh is tender. Transfer to platter and serve immediately.

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