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The Hasselback technique—a series of slight, narrow cuts, often used on potatoes—isn’t just for spuds. This Thanksgiving, try it out on hunks of butternut squash; this ultimate side dish—or even vegan centerpiece—is something the whole family can get on board with.
The name’s origin is thanks to a restaurant in Sweden called Hasselbacken, where the technique was first employed. While this method looks visually appealing, it actually serves a very important purpose: The incisions allow all that flavor to penetrate throughout your chosen vessel—not just the exterior. In this recipe for maple Hasselback butternut squash—studded with fennel, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds—the squash gets drenched in a maple syrup and olive oil sauce, making it the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and a little spicy. Oh, and it’s great for the ‘gram too!
Slide the Hasselback butternut squash halves onto this baking sheet and slip into the oven.Buy Now ›
Image courtesy of Alexis deBoschnek.
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