Carnival Squash with Apples and Thyme

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Carnival Squash with Apples and Thyme

The carnival squash is a sweet winter squash that is a cross between an acorn and dumpling squash. It has a very sweet flavor and almost nutty flavor that is really enhanced when the squash is roasted. This recipe makes a good sweet side dish or perfect desert. 

This recipe will pair well with the Lapis Luna Zinfandel. It’s a fairly medium body red to compliment the cinnamon apple flavor as well as the thyme. It features notes of some dark fruits like plums and blackberries with a touch of vanilla and oak in the finish!


2 carnival or acorn squash

2 tablespoons melted butter

4 sprigs fresh thyme

4 Small apples or 2 large, tart

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

4 tsp Reubush Apiary honey

Handful of chopped walnuts


  • Heat the oven to 375°. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place on a cookie sheet or in baking dish and brush with a little of the butter and season with a little salt. Place a thyme sprig in each half and bake for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, mix together the apples, the remaining melted butter, the honey and the cinnamon. Remove the squash from the oven.

  • Fill each squash with the apple mixture. Put them back in the oven for 15-20 minutes more, or until the squash and the apples are soft and caramelized. Cooking times will vary by squash size. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts before serving.


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