A Simple and Beautiful Thanksgiving Side Dish
Thanksgiving is basically here. We don’t have much time, but we do have time to make this delicious roasted romanesco, winter squash, and bacon Thanksgiving side dish. I recently moved to The Berkshires which means getting fresh produce is pretty easy with all of these amazing farms so close by! I actually got to pick this baby by myself at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook New York. Needless to say I was damn excited!
I also got the opportunity to chat with Jake Samascott about harvesting some of his leftover produce and drop it off at a charity. I did exactly that. The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative was more than happy to accept the produce, and my brother and I were more than happy to donate our time to get it to them.
If you’ve never seen romanesco, it’s broccoli’s prettier cousin. It tastes very similar but is such a beautiful vegetable! The cooking methods are basically what you’d do with broccoli or cauliflower – so I decided to cut it into florets and roast them with winter squash, bacon, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.
So I started off with my ingredients! One head of Romanesco cut into bite sized florets, 3 slices of bacon from Kinderhook Farm, 1/2 medium yellow winter squash or butternut squash, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
Add all ingredients to a bowl, except for the bacon, and mix to combine. Cook up your bacon until crispy and add everything to the bowl including the bacon grease. More or less of the grease depending on your personal preferences. I just poured it all in!
Add that delicious nitrate free bacon and mix it all up! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit!
Line a baking dish or sheet with foil and bake for 15 minutes, mix, and then bake for 15-20 minutes longer. Depending on your oven. Mine took a total of 35 minutes. The romanesco should be al dente to keep in all of those nutrients and the beautiful shape!
And there ya have it! A beautiful and simple Thanksgiving side dish recipe. A lot of people haven’t seen or even heard of this amazing vegetable! This is definitely a fun piece of produce to introduce them to and a great topic to talk about! I sprinkled a little crushed red pepper flakes on top and it was delish!
This is a Thanksgiving Side Dish you won’t want to miss!