Spiced Butternut Squash with Tahini Sauce

Every year, I plant more and more squash and pumpkins. The patch started a few years ago with about 50 hills and this year I topped 80 hills. This probably seems odd to most people. I’m in my 30’s and live alone: what could I possibly do with all this harvest? It’s a fair question, but this has never really been a problem for me.

  • The heirloom squash is used as decor throughout the fall all around my farm and over at my mom’s place. I love to pile all the varying types on top of each other around my doorways and in emptied flower pots.
  • The butternut squash harvest is stored in my basement and becomes part of my go-to meals throughout the winter.

It seems like I find new ways to enjoy squash on a weekly basis (maybe even a daily basis?!). I love how you can take something sweet and balance it with spicy and tangy flavors to create an entirely new dish. And that’s exactly what happens with this spiced butternut squash recipe!

Spiced butternut squash drizzled with white tahini sauce sitting on white platter

For many of us, myself included, the typical Thanksgiving meal can be… well, bland. The table spread usually consists of numerous brown and white foods. Does this sound like your Thanksgiving table?!

But by experimenting with new flavors over the years, my Thanksgiving menu has become quite unique. I’ve introduced my family to roasted vegetables with harissa, hearty salads with grains and, of course, butternut squash. Since I cook with so much squash, I continually try to switch up the way I prepare it. It’s pretty much always roasted, but with different spices and sauces.

Piece of spiced butternut squash drizzled with white tahini sauce on a fork being held with platter in background on gray slate surface

I’m known to have obsessions. All at once, I decide I love something have to have it in every possible way. This year, my obsession is tahini. In case you haven’t used it before, tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It’s just like a nut butter: think almond or cashew. The flavor is nutty but marries well with the bright zing from the lemon in the sauce, which helps wake everything right up. When the tahini sauce is drizzled over this spiced butternut squash, the flavors seem exotic but will be the standout dish on your next Thanksgiving menu.

Spiced butternut squash drizzled with white tahini sauce on white platter sitting on wood board with extra plates, glasses and silverware on gray slate surface

Watch how to make this spiced butternut squash:

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Spiced butternut squash sprinkled with tahini sauce in a white platter sitting on wood board with pumpkins and nuts in background on gray slate surface

Spiced Butternut Squash with Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This spiced butternut squash with drizzled with a tahini sauce is not your usual Thanksgiving side dish! The combination of squash and warm spices is super satisfying!


Ingredients

Spiced butternut squash

  • 2 pounds butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Tahini sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut off ends of the squash. Slice the squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and pith. Cut the squash into pieces approximately 1/4-inch thick.
  3. Pile the squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add the salt, cinnamon and cumin on top. Mix and spread into an even layer.
  4. Roast the squash in preheated oven until tender, 25-35 minutes.
  5. While roasting, prepare the tahini sauce. In a bowl, combine the tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
  6. Whisk the mixture together until combined. At first, the lemon juice may make the tahini seem curdled, but continue whisking until smooth. If the sauce seems thick, add water one tablespoon at a time until thin enough to drizzle.
  7. When the squash is finished roasting, place on serving dish and drizzle with the sauce.

Notes

  • Personally, I like to pass the garlic through a garlic press. I find that it’s the easiest way. Feel free to use whatever method you prefer to get your garlic ready.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 174
  • Sugar: 2.7g
  • Sodium: 894.6mg
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.5g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Thanksgiving, side dish

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