Roasted Delicata Squash With Apple Bourbon Sauce and Sage Browned Butter

It’s time to live a little! Not one but two delicious autumnal sauces grace my Thanksgiving roasted delicata squash. Roasted Delicata Squash With Apple Bourbon Sauce & Sage Browned Butter is doubly delicious, and makes an elegant but not fussy side dish on your holiday table!

Roasted Delicata Squash Apple Bourbon Sauce Sage Browned Butter

Tamara Talks

A pic of the author Tamara.

I may need to seek a position on the delicata squash promotional board – if one exists  😉 Just recently I posted Chipotle Honey Lime Glazed Roasted Delicata Squash and Autumn Stuffed Delicata Squash With Apple Bourbon Sauce.

The latter provided the inspiration for this Thanksgiving side dish. The apple bourbon sauce was divine with the roasted and stuffed delicata squash.

Had I not decided to take this recipe a step further, it would still be an awesome dish. However, aren’t we all entitled to a little excess over the holidays?

“Excess” to this girl with far-too-much discipline usually means butter or cheese. This dish has no cheese, but the crispy sage browned butter has BUTTER! MORE BUTTER (did you ever watch the British cooking show “Two Fat Ladies?”). They were always saying “more butta!”  😆

While I try to keep holiday excesses within reason, it wouldn’t be a holiday without enjoying an occasional splurge. Do you have a guilty pleasure during the holidays?

Roasted Delicata Squash Apple Bourbon Sauce Sage Browned Butter topped with crispy sage and toasted hazelnuts in a white ceramic bowl... Gluten free, vegan and delicious!

Making Roasted Delicata Squash With Apple Bourbon Sauce and Sage Browned Butter

The list of ingredients may look long, but keep in mind many you have on hand. And hey, it’s a special occasion side dish, right?

  • delicata squash
  • olive oil
  • shallots
  • bourbon
  • apple cider
  • chicken or vegetable broth
  • dijon mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • butter
  • sage leaves
  • hazelnuts
  • fresh thyme

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Prep squash.
  3. Roast.
  4. Make the Sage Browned Butter.
  5. Make the Apple Bourbon Sauces (about 5 minutes).
  6. Drizzle both the Apple Bourbon Sauce and the Sage Browned Butter over the roasted delicata squash. Garnish with toasted hazelnuts and crispy sage before serving.

Thanksgiving is a day to… be thankful. In spite of it all, or because of it all, we need a day to count our blessings so to speak. While the days, weeks, and months ahead hold angst and anxiety for many of us, we love and are loved, and we have the ability to take action to reach out to the marginalized… to those less fortunate than we are.

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, bearing this in mind, I want to wish you the very best this Thanksgiving 2016. Indulge a little, be thankful a lot, and follow it up with a run, a bike ride, a trip to the gym. It does a body good!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.
Yield: 8 servings

Roasted Delicata Squash With Apple Bourbon Sauce & Sage Browned Butter

Roasted Delicata Squash With Apple Bourbon Sauce & Sage Browned Butter

Beautiful delicata squash are rather simple to break down, and so sweet and delicious when roasted! Topped with an apple bourbon sauce, and a sage browned butter sauce, then garnished with toasted hazelnuts and fresh herbs, this recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser on your holiday table!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Delicata Squash

  • 3 medium delicata squash, about 3 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Apple Bourbon Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup good apple cider
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth/stock
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, optional see notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt +/-
  • fresh ground pepper

Sage Browned Butter

  • 1 stick butter, I love European butter see notes
  • 12 to 16 sage leaves

To Serve

  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • fresh thyme leaves


Delicata Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (400 convection roast).
  2. Slice squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and pulp. (They are great in stock). Slice across to form half moons.
  3. Toss with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast until edges are caramelized and squash is tender, about 25 minutes.
  5. While the squash is in the oven, make the sauces.

Apple Bourbon Sauce

  1. To a small saute pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and minced shallot.
  2. When the shallot is fragrant and soft, add the bourbon, and cook until liquid reduces by about half.
  3. Add the apple cider, chicken broth, dijon mustard, and vinegar (if using).
  4. Cook until mixture slightly reduced - about 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and several grinds of pepper.
  6. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Sage Browned Butter

  1. Meanwhile, melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sage leaves and cook until edges curl and butter is dark amber (do not burn), stirring and turning leaves occasionally, about 6 minutes. Transfer sage to paper towels. Keep butter warm. A ramekin works well, and it can be "zapped" in the microwave if need be.

To Serve

  1. Place the roasted and seasoned squash in an appropriately sized serving bowl. Pour the apple bourbon sauce over top, and toss gently to combine.
  2. Drizzle the browned butter over top.
  3. Garnish with the crispy sage leaves, toasted hazelnuts, and fresh thyme leaves.
  4. Enjoy!


We love a bit of acidity in most of our dishes. I use a good quality unfiltered apple cider vinegar which is actually pretty smooth and mild. If you're not a fan, either start with less and taste it, or omit the vinegar entirely.

I love European butter. French and Irish butter are widely available in US markets. Use your preferred butter.

This recipe works well with butternut squash, however, the prep is more time-consuming. The thin skin of delicata squash is tender and can be eating with the flesh.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 37gCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4g

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  1. I just LOVE the sound of the apple bourbon sauce!! Hahaha and I love The Two Fat Ladies! Have you seen the 2 Greedy Italians? It’s a couple of British Italian chefs (Antonio Carluccio and Gennara Contaldo) touring Italy uncovering the food of their childhood. It’s such a fun show and reminds me a lot of Two Fat Ladies. I think you’ll like it!

    1. The apple bourbon sauce is really good, and so simple to make! I love the Two Fat Ladies, and I will look forward to checking out the 2 Greedy Italians 🙂 Thanks Jennifer!