Photo by Marcus Nilsson
But slowly roasting whole, skin-on squash until it’s buttery soft means you can break it open with a spoon. While smaller squash, such as acorn, can be roasted whole, they are more starchy and liable to dry out. For this twice-roasted squash recipe, stick with the big boys.
- 4–6 servings
- 1 (3–4-lb.) kabocha, buttercup, or kuri squash
- 3 oz. Parmesan, coarsely grated, plus more shaved for serving
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 11/2 cups cooked whole grains (such as barley, farro, and/or black or red quinoa)
- 1/3 cup unsalted, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 3 Tbsp. golden raisins
- Shaved Parmesan (for serving)
- Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 300°F. Prick squash all over with the point of a sharp paring knife and arrange on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast until very tender (knife should slide easily through the flesh), about 3 hours. Tear or cut squash in half and let sit until cool enough to handle.
- Remove seeds from squash; discard. Scoop flesh into a medium bowl. Tear skin into 6 large (about 4×4″) pieces and set aside on same baking sheet to be refilled later; discard any excess skin. Add grated Parmesan, butter, and lemon zest to bowl with flesh and mash together to combine; season with salt and pepper.
- Carefully move rack to upper third of oven and increase oven temperature to 450°F. Divide mashed squash mixture among reserved pieces of skin and roast until top of flesh is beginning to brown, 10–12 minutes.
- While the squash is roasting, whisk lemon juice, vinegar, oil, and honey in a large bowl. Add scallions, grains, pumpkin seeds, and raisins to dressing and toss to coat.
- Arrange squash on a platter and spoon grain mixture and dressing over. Top with shaved Parmesan.
- Do Ahead
- Whole squash can be roasted 4 days ahead. Keep intact and chill.