Roasted Delicata & Apple Panzanella

Yield 6 servings



Dijon Vinaigrette:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Timing is everything to ensure it is warm when serving. Here is a quick overview of what the process will be:

  1. Focaccia cubes are toasted and ready.
  2. The Dijon vinaigrette is emulsified. (You can do both of these steps a day ahead!)
  3. Roast delicata squash.
  4. Prep apples to be put in the last 10 minutes with the squash.
  5. Toast pumpkin seeds, in the oven last 5 minutes of the squash and apples.
  6. After putting the apples in the oven, you will then soak the bread with the Dijon vinaigrette.

Begin by tossing five cups of garlic focaccia cubes in a large bowl with 1/4 cup olive oil. Spread cubes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkled lightly with salt. Toast in oven for 20 minutes, tossing a couple of times while in the oven. Remove and let cool. (These can be made ahead and stored for one to two days.)

Make the Dijon Vinaigrette:

In a bowl or food processor/blender blend together the dijon mustard and red wine vinegar, add the shallot, salt, and pepper to taste and blend while slowly incorporating the oil until it is emulsified. Set aside.

To roast the squash and apples raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Reuse the same parchment lined pan from before and place squash rings on it. Drizzle with a couple of tablespoons olive oil and season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes turning halfway during cooking time.

Core and quarter two apples place in a bowl. Toss with two tablespoons olive oil, two teaspoons sugar and chopped sage. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roast alongside the squash for the last 10 minutes till apples are softened.

Toast three tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds on an aluminum foil sheet in the same oven for five minutes.

Take out the pumpkin seeds and set aside. Turn off oven and keep squash and apples in the oven to stay warm until ready to incorporate.

Begin to make the Panzanella. Place 5 cups of the toasted cubes of garlic focaccia in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the Dijon vinaigrette tossing to coat the croutons and let set to soak up its goodness for 10 minutes.

Take apples out of the oven and chop adding to the soaked croutons.

Then add the delicata squash rings, sliced red onion, arugula and toss gently.

Transfer Panzanella to a wide serving bowl. Sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds and your choice of crumbled cheese, blue or feta or our favorite goat cheese.

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