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Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Heath Goldman

Forget onion rings: These crispy oven-baked delicata squash rings with garlic-lemon sauce are destined to become your new favorite finger food. There’s no need to peel your delicata squash—its stripy skin is completely edible and adds a fancy flair to your rings. Set out a plate at your next cocktail party and watch them disappear in five minutes flat.

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8 servings

Delicata Squash Rings

1½ cups panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

One 2-pound delicata squash

Finely chopped parsley, for serving

Lemon wedges, for serving

Garlic-Lemon Sauce

½ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, finely minced into a paste

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Make the Delicata Squash Rings: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Toss the bread crumbs with the oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper until well combined. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet, stirring with a spoon several times, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a shallow bowl.

2. Whisk together the flour, smoked paprika and cayenne in another shallow bowl, and place the lightly beaten eggs in a third shallow bowl.

3. Cut the squash in half crosswise, scoop out the seeds and slice into ¼-inch rounds (a serrated knife is helpful); season with salt and pepper.

4. Working one at a time, dip the squash rings into the flour mixture, then into the eggs (letting any excess drip off) and then into the bread crumbs, turning and pressing gently to help them adhere. Bake until tender, 18 to 20 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, Make the Lemon-Garlic Sauce: Whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic; season with salt and pepper.

6. Top the delicata squash rings with parsley and serve with the garlic-lemon sauce and lemon wedges.

Delicata Squash Rings

138 calories

5g fat

20g carbs

4g protein

0g sugars

Garlic-Lemon Sauce

102 calories

11g fat

1g carbs

0g protein

9g sugars

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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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