su-Kabocha Squash with Dukkah and Cider Molasses
Photo: Maren Caruso; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom
Yields Serves 8 as an appetizer or side dish Total Time 30 mins
AuthorMatthew Dillon
This brilliant combo of sweet squash with tangy yogurt, fruity syrup, toasted spices, and browned butter comes from Matthew Dillon, chef of Sitka & Spruce and the new Bar Sajor in Seattle.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Put 1 in. water and 1 tsp. salt in a large pot with a steamer insert. Add squash; steam until tender but not falling apart, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 2
2

Cook butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, swirling, until it's golden and smells nutty, 3 to 4 minutes; set aside.

Step 3
3

Season yogurt with 1/2 tsp. salt and spread on a very large platter or 8 plates. Arrange squash on top. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. cider molasses and the browned butter. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. dukkah. Serve with flatbread and more cider molasses and dukkah to add at the table.

Step 4
4

*Find pomegranate molasses at well-stocked grocery stores. Find dukkah at some gourmet grocery stores and worldspice.com, or make your own.

Ingredients

 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
 1 1/2 pounds kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into long, 1/2-in.-wide slices
 2 tablespoons butter
 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt, at room temp
  Flatbread, such as pita bread or naan

Directions

Step 1
1

Put 1 in. water and 1 tsp. salt in a large pot with a steamer insert. Add squash; steam until tender but not falling apart, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 2
2

Cook butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, swirling, until it's golden and smells nutty, 3 to 4 minutes; set aside.

Step 3
3

Season yogurt with 1/2 tsp. salt and spread on a very large platter or 8 plates. Arrange squash on top. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. cider molasses and the browned butter. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. dukkah. Serve with flatbread and more cider molasses and dukkah to add at the table.

Step 4
4

*Find pomegranate molasses at well-stocked grocery stores. Find dukkah at some gourmet grocery stores and worldspice.com, or make your own.

Kabocha Squash with Dukkah and Cider Molasses