This Unexpected Side Dish Will Be A Hit At Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Roasted squash with Middle Eastern flair? Yes please.

You know the drill. You show up for Thanksgiving dinner and get the same old thing: candied yams, sweet-potato pie, mashed turnips. Sure, they're delicious. But why not wake up your holiday table with the jolt that comes from unexpected flavors? Lonny's go-to recipe guru Diana Yen came up with this deeply satisfying side dish, which features sweet, perfectly roasted delicata squash kicked up with the Middle Eastern spice za’atar, a mix of herbs, sesame seeds, and salt. Drizzle on a little homemade yogurt-tahini sauce and you've got a veggie side that's guaranteed to wow your guests.

An Unexpected Squash Side Dish to Wake Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Roasted Delicata Squash with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
Serves 4-6

- 2½ pounds delicata squash (or acorn squash)
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons za'atar seasoning
- ¼ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- feta chunks, for garnish
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnish

An Unexpected Squash Side Dish to Wake Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare squash by horizontally into ½-inch rounds. Remove seeds. Toss the squash slices and garlic cloves with olive oil, and place on baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, and zaatar spice. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender.

Prepare the tahini sauce by whisking the tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, and cumin in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle squash with tahini sauce, feta chunks, and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

This article originally appeared on Lonny.

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