Roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash with a Poached Pear

 

One of my favorite things about this time of year is anticipating the winter squash harvest. Our local farm stand has the nicest Sweet Dumpling squashes, and it was a great impetus to combine poached pears with this favorite squash of mine. I have a huge sage plant in my garden, and I wanted to include that earthy flavor into the recipe as well.

What you will need

2 Bartlett pears - a little under ripe, peeled and halved

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon pear brandy

1 sprig sage

2 Sweet Dumpling squash, cut in half crosswise

olive oil

Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

4 tablespoons salted butter

juice from 1/2 lemon

4 sprigs sage

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