Baked Winter Squash with Cranberries, Pears and Sweet Potatoes
- Wash all produce; peel squash and sweet potatoes; seed squash; core pears; cut all produce into ½-inch dice. Chef’s Tip: Use apple slicer to cut pears into slices, then dice. Cut additional pear off core.
- In two 4-inch deep, full-size pans coated with pan spray, combine diced vegetables, pears and cranberries. Mix thoroughly with ½ cup of oil per pan to coat the mixture evenly.
- Cover and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes, rotating pans as needed for even cooking.
- Stir mixture and return to oven uncovered for 15 minutes, or until all vegetables are cooked and tender. Critical Control Point (CCP): Hot hold at 135°F or above.
- Just prior to serving, season with salt and pepper, and cinnamon, if desired. Or, offer cinnamon in a shaker for students to add individually for personal preference.
- To Serve: Offer a 1-cup serving to provide ¾ cup red/orange vegetables and ⅜ cup creditable fruits. A ½-cup portion meets ½-cup requirement of fruits and/or vegetables for Offer Versus Serve reimbursable meals, ⅜ cup red/orange vegetables and ⅛ cup creditable fruits.
- Option: Consider offering as a breakfast side dish. A 1-cup serving can credit toward the fruit meal component at breakfast.
Note: For Roasted Vegetables: Combine the squash and sweet potatoes with ¾ cup of oil. Divided between 4 baking sheets that have been lined with pan-release coated parchment sheets to prevent pieces from sticking to pan. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes, rotating pans as needed for even baking. While vegetables are roasting, mix pears, cranberries and remaining ¼ cup of oil to evenly coat pieces. Remove roasted vegetables from the ovens and add ¼ of the fruit mixture to each pan, mixing to distribute evenly. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes. CCP: Hot hold at 135°F or above. Season with sprinkle of salt, pepper and cinnamon just prior to serving. Recipe concept by Doris Demers, foodservice director at Oyster River Cooperative Schools in Durham, NH for the 2016 Cranberry Marketing Committee / USA Pears Search for the Next Great Cranberry-Pear Recipe Contest.