Hasselback Holiday Fruit and Vegetables

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

4 delicata squash

4 apples (2 varieties, like Gala and Granny Smith)

1/4 cup olive oil or 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sumac, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper or vanilla sea salt, for sprinkling, optional 

Fresh sage, for roasting, optional 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash the exterior of the delicata squash and apples, then cut them in half from top to bottom; don't remove the skin. You can scoop out the center of the squash and apples to remove the seeds. Place a couple of chopsticks on a cutting board on either side of the halved squash/apple; this helps keep the knife from slicing all the way through so that the cuts create an accordion effect. Place the squash and apples on a sheet pan, brush the tops with olive oil or melted butter, and sprinkle with a little salt and/or spices. If you want to, you can also tuck fresh sage in between the cuts. 
  3. Roast until tender, 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the fruit or vegetable; delicata squash and apples may take 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Variations: Brush the apples with maple syrup or sprinkle with brown sugar, tuck fresh thyme leaves between the cuts, and sprinkle with vanilla sea salt after roasting.