Kabocha Squash with Dukkah and Cider Molasses

Photo: Maren Caruso; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom

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.

Yield: Serves 8 as an appetizer or side dish
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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 113
  • Calories from fat: 45%
  • Protein: 2.4g
  • Fat: 5.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Sodium: 267mg
  • Cholesterol: 12mg



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