Twice-Cooked Squash with Spiced Pepitas

Cuisinart original

Cooking the squash twice helps to develop a rich flavor and creamy texture. The pepitas deliver a much-needed crunch factor and a warming note of spice that balances the sweetness of the dish.


Makes 4 to 6 servings


2    teaspoons olive oil
¼   cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
½   teaspoon of any warm, ground spice such as garam masala,harissa, smoked paprika, or cumin
¼   teaspoon plus pinch kosher salt, divided
1   small winter squash such as acorn, kabocha, or red kuri,
     halved, seeded and cut into 4–6 wedges
¼  cup water
2  tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1  tablespoon maple syrup
1  tablespoon lime juice
    nonstick cooking spray
    chopped fresh cilantro or mint and/or lime zest for serving, optional

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving (based on 4 servings):
Calories 177 (58% from fat) • carb. 16g • pro. 4g • fat 12g • sat. fat 5g chol. 15mg • sod. 109mg • calc. 41mg • fiber 2g


1. Measure out olive oil onto a microwave-safe plate, add pepitas and toss to coat. Spread out in a single layer and place in the Cuisinart® 3-in-1 Microwave AirFryer Oven. Select Microwave and set the time and temperature for 1 minute on High (10P). Carefully toss seed and continue to microwave in 1-minute intervals, tossing each time, until golden brown and aromatic. Sprinkle with the warming spice and a pinch of salt, and toss to coat. Reserve.
2. Place squash wedges into a microwave-safe casserole dish with ¼ cup water, cover and place in the Cuisinart® 3-in-1 Microwave AirFryer Oven. Select Microwave, set the time and power level for 6 minutes on High (10P), and press Start. Once cooked, remove, drain and reserve. Squash should be soft, but not fully cooked.
3. Put the butter in a small microwaveable measuring cup or bowl. Place in the Cuisinart® 3-in-1 Microwave AirFryer Oven and select theMelt/Soften microwave preset A-3 to melt the butter. Press Start. Carefully remove from the oven. Add the maple syrup and lime juice, and mix to combine. Reserve.
4. Place the AirFry Basket onto the AirFry Pan and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the squash in the basket, flesh-side up.Brush each wedge with a little of the butter mixture (reserving any remainder) and sprinkle all over with ¼ teaspoon salt. Place in the Cuisinart® 3-in-1 Microwave AirFryer Oven. Select Oven/AirFry and set the temperature and time to 400°F for 15 minutes. Squash isdone when golden brown and tender all the way through.
5. Transfer squash to a serving plate. Brush with any of the remainingbutter mixture and sprinkle with the spiced pepitas. Garnish with chopped cilantro or mint and/or lime zest, if desired. Serve immediately.