Sesame Squash Brûlée
Is it a Thanksgiving side dish? Is it dessert? All I know is that sesame + squash is an under-appreciated flavor combination that will totally surprise you.
In case you haven’t heard, squash and sesame seeds are a match made in culinary heaven.
The smooth, slightly sweet taste of squash combines beautifully with nutty sesame seeds. I like this flavor combination so well, that I made another recipe similar to this: Sesame-glazed acorn squash.
In this recipe, the squash mixture isn’t overly sweet, but this is on purpose.
It makes the sugar crust all the more delicious!
The Sesame-Sugar Crust Will Wow Your Guests
Besides being DELICIOUS, the sesame-sugar crust is fun for your guests to eat. Once the sugar caramelizes, it forms a hard, sweet crust – a la creme brûlée – that’s fun to break through with a spoon.
Don’t be intimidated by the caramelization process: You can do this easily under a broiler (see notes, below).
My only tip is to keep watching it. It can go from toasted to burnt in a matter of seconds.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you dive in:
- Squash type: You can use acorn squash, butternut squash or a mixture of both. I even added a bit of leftover canned pumpkin to the mix.
- Caramelizing the sugar: You don’t need a culinary torch to caramelize the sugar – although you certainly can use one. Rather, just place the ovenproof dishes under the broiler. It took about 45 seconds for the sugar to caramelize in my oven – it make take you more or less time. Just be sure to keep an eye on the dishes to make sure the sugar doesn’t burn. Remember: Your broiler may heat unevenly so you may need to rotate or move the dishes to ensure even heating.
More Thanksgiving Recipes
- Applesauce stuffing (the best I’ve ever had!)
- Fully loaded Brussels sprouts
- Perfect dinner rolls (SO soft)
- Sesame glazed acorn squash
- Bourbon-pecan squash
- Tricks for making really good mashed potatoes
- Twice-baked potato “cupcakes”
- Paleo stuffing (with cauliflower, apple, and sausage)
Try This Similar Recipe: Sesame-Glazed Acorn Squash
- 2 15-ounce cans cooked squash (or 3 cups prepared and pureed squash)
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- Mix pureed squash, butter, maple syrup, and sesame oil (optional) in a mixing bowl. Heat until warm, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Spoon squash mixture into ovenproof baking dishes; Either one larger casserole dish or individual ramekins, as pictured.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over the top of squash, then do the same thing with the sugar.
- Turn on broiler to high. Place baking dishes on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet under the broiler and heat until the sugar melts and caramelizes. This took about 45 seconds in my oven - but watch yours closely to make sure it doesn't burn. Serve hot.