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How To: Pan Roast Squash

Team Made In|Dec 13, 2018

Courtesy of Ian Thurwachter

Chef Ian Thurwachter teaches us the secrets to making pan-roasted squash.

Chef Ian Thurwachter from Intero restaurant in our hometown of Austin, Texas is known for some of the best Italian food in the city. Here, Ian shows us some simple techniques that can greatly improve the flavor of your squash and other vegetables at home. Featured items:

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Steps for Pan Roasting Squash:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the top and bottom of your squash. These areas are a bit hard and not the best-tasting part of the squash.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise down the center.

Gentle, with the tip of your

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, score the squash with shallow cuts across its inside. This will allow our seasoning to get a bit further into the squash.

Bend the squash backward to open up the scores that you just made, and season it with salt.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Blot any moisture that comes to the surface.

Heat your

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with oil over medium heat until the oil starts to shimmer (about 2 minutes). If the oil is smoking your pan is too hot.

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Once hot, place the squash cut-side down and press it into the pan. Squash can be irregularly shaped, so pressing it into the helps ensure contact with the surface. Leave it caramelizing for about 3 minutes.

Transfer your frying pan to the oven and let it roast for about 10 minutes.

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