A quick and easy, roasted pumpkin recipe with the sweetness of maple and apples! A healthy and gluten free side dish that is perfect for the Winter nights!
Have you ever had someone scream at you?
If not, you are really lucky. And probably a liar. But I’m changing that right.now.
Okay, I had to get that off my chest. This little skillet is just so oozing with autumn that I can almost hear it shouting at me.
Notice I said “almost” guys. What’s that saying? “A few fries short of a happy meal?” That’s me. I am not “All fries short of happy meal.” Yet.
What am I even talking about?
With Thanksgiving coming up, this would be the perfectamundo side dish for all you creative Caras out there who want to switch it up from the usual stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Come to think of it though, don’t nix those. Especially the stuffing. In my opinion, stuffing is the greatest thing to ever happen to the earth.
Besides Mr. FFF of course.
Roasting the apples with the pumpkin makes everything go super duper soft and tender, except without turning into baby food mush-ola. Additionally, roasting the cranberries brings out their natural sweetness without having to douse on the sugar. However, they still keep that perfect little tart bite that complements the sweetness of the pumpkin and apples.
Let everything get cozy with some maple syrup (Canada represent!) cinnamon, ginger and sage and you have VIP access to the “Flavours of Fall” party.
Have you never heard of it? All the hottest squashes and gourds go.
What is wrong with me?
I do need to address the elephant in the room though; the fresh orange juice. You’re probably a bit confuzzled with all this “Fall-talk” and then suddenly WHAMO there’s…orange juice? 1) This is the first thing I’ve made since moving to Florida. I feel like it would be illegal to not use oranges somehow. 2 )It actually brings out all the natural sweetness in the fruit and really ads a pop of brightness. So, don’t question it, just roll with it.
Finally, there’s brown butter. This is kind of my new obsession. I give it a week and then I’ll have a new favorite thing but, for now, I want all.the.brown.butter. If you are watching fat, you COULD leave this out, but it would not be nearly as good. Butter makes everything better. Browned butter makes everything nuttier, richer, and better-er. It’s a word.
Moral of this whole story? Even if you’re a nervous Nancy and don’t wanna get fancy this Thanksgiving, make this on one of the other 87 days of Fall (or however many there are, I guessed.) I fear you won’t know the true taste of the season if you don’t.
Don’t say I don’t look out for you guys.
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