ROASTED HONEYNUT SQUASH WITH SAGE & HALLOUMI

Honeynut squash are the darlings of the pumpkin world. Out of all of the squash and pumpkins I have ever tasted, honeynuts are, by far, the most flavorful. Their deep natural sweetness becomes rich & caramel-y, when roasted at high heat. Which means you don’t need to add much to them to create a delicious meal. May I present to you what I believe is the best way to enjoy these precious pumpkins: roasted honeynut squash with sage & halloumi.

ROASTED HONEYNUT SQUASH WITH SAGE & HALLOUMI
HONEYNUT SQUASH

WHAT IS A HONEYNUT SQUASH?

While this is recipe post, it could also be considered a honeynut squash appreciation post. If you can’t tell by now, I really adore these little winter squashes. 10 years ago chef Dan Barber challenged vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek to build a better butternut squash. The results after two years of breeding were a richly colored, shrunken butternut:

  • Honeynuts are about 6″ tall with a starchy with a smooth, even texture, and a much more concentrated flavor.
  • They don’t have to be peeled because their skin is much thinner.
  • These mini squash have three times the beta-carotene than their parent butternut squash.
PREPPING SQUASH
TO BE ROASTED
ROASTED HONEYNUT SQUASH

ROASTED HONEYNUT SQUASH PAIRINGS:

Now that you understand the greatness of the honeynut squash, it is time to pair them with some perfectly complimentary partners.

HALLOUMI: This semi-hard, unripened Cypriot cheese is traditionally made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. It has a high melting point which means it can be fried or grilled. For today’s recipe we are going to simply pan fry the halloumi until nice & golden. With it’s crisp exterior and warm interior, salty halloumi is a wonderful accompaniment to sweet roasted honeynut squash. If you can’t procure halloumi cheese then I would recommend trying nabulsi cheese or queso blanco.

SAGE LEAVES

CRISPY SAGE: If you’ve never had crisp fried sage leaves, then you are in for a treat. Sage has a pronounced herbal flavor that is earthy with hints of mint, eucalyptus and lemon. It’s flavor is a wonderful match with roasted squash. And its texture when fried is a lovely contrast to the smooth starchy squash and soft chewy halloumi.

BROWNED BUTTER & CRISPY SAGE LEAVES

BROWNED BUTTER: The finishing touch to this simple, but absolutely delicious recipe is browned butter. First the browned butter is used to fry the sage leaves. Then, it is drizzled generously over the roasted squash and halloumi. Resulting in a perfectly balanced dish that can be enjoyed as a side to a larger meal or as a vegetarian main.

ROASTED HONEYNUT SQUASH WITH SAGE & HALLOUMI

By now, I expect you to be thoroughly convinced of your need to make this roasted honeynut squash with sage and halloumi. Every bite tastes like a dream. A browned butter, crispy sage leaf, golden halloumi and caramelized squash dream. If you aren’t able to find honeynut squash at a market near you, then you can absolutely substitute with butternut squash. The result won’t be quite as dreamy, but it will be delicious nonetheless.

ROASTED HONEYNUT SQUASH WITH SAGE & HALLOUMI

GROW YOUR OWN HONEYNUT SQUASH:

If you’re interested in growing your own honeynut squash, you can find seeds here. I am going to be growing this new variety that’s even smaller than the honeynut!

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  • Natasha Minocha October 11, 2021, 6:08 am

    This looks soo scrumptious, I am definitely going to try it out!!

    • bella | ful-filled October 11, 2021, 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much Natasha! I can’t wait for you to try it!

  • Barbara Marshall October 11, 2021, 7:07 pm

    This sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to everything Fall and now trying this new recipe. Are honeynut squash and halloumi readily available in local grocery stores? If not, where can I find them? Thank you so much for sharing.
    Regards,
    Barbara

    • bella | ful-filled October 11, 2021, 10:13 pm

      Thank you Barbara! You should be able to find honeynut squash at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, or at the farmer’s market. And halloumi is typically available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and at Mediterranean/Middle Eastern markets. I hope you get to try this recipe and enjoy fall :)

  • Aubree mackey October 11, 2021, 9:27 pm

    How exciting! Thank you for sharing about honeynut squash! I had no idea it existed, and I am super exited about trying it! I just love tiny things. AND this recipe sounds and looks positively exquisite.

    • bella | ful-filled October 11, 2021, 10:14 pm

      You are so welcome! You will definitely be able to find them at Sprouts! They are so cute <3 And thank you, its such a simple, delicious meal!

  • Mikaela October 14, 2021, 12:06 pm

    Such a simple dish but it wow! Incredible. The flavors play so well off one another. This is my first season of honeynut squash discovery and i’m hooked.

    • bella | ful-filled October 14, 2021, 1:04 pm

      Oh I am just delighted that you enjoyed this dish Mikaela. At first I thought about incorporating more elements to this dish, but I followed my gut that this simplicity would be diving on its own! So happy you can concur…and that you fell in love with honeynut squash!

  • Carolyn Jensen October 16, 2021, 10:02 am

    Bella, I’m adding this to my Thanksgiving menu! I absolutely adore honeynut and I’m drooling over the combination of these ingredients.

    • bella | ful-filled October 16, 2021, 7:31 pm

      Oh yay! That makes me so happy Carolyn!

  • Mairi November 12, 2021, 8:27 pm

    Hi from 🇨🇾Cyprus an island in the Mediterranean.. with its own culture and history ( NB .Wikipedia)
    So nice to see innovative recipes made with Halloumi cheese .
    A few facts which might be of interest.
    Please note ,that Halloumi cheese is actually
    from Cyprus not Greece,
    and therefore is a totally ‘ CYPRIOT ‘Cheese, which we are very proud of… with a PDO..Protected Designation of Origin given by European Union to Cyprus for Halloumi .
    Halloumi has been made here by Artisans for Centuries from Sheep’s(Ewes)and Goats milk..and it’s distinctive flavour comes from the rich wild flora and fauna,wild herbs in countryside on which they graze ..
    many thanks .Καλημέρα

    • bella | ful-filled November 13, 2021, 9:35 am

      Hello Mairi! thank you for sharing about halloumi! I suppose because of the large Greek Cypriot community and that halloumi is a Greek word that I naturally associate halloumi as a Greek cheese. So happy that halloumi has been given PDO designation, that is an incredible honor for Cyrpus! Χάρικα!

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