Braised Pumpkin with Turnip Greens

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With ingredients on hand and ones that I didn’t want to see go to waste, I made a simple side dish perfect to serve at your Thanksgiving table. Sauteed onions and sliced Lakota squash braised in homemade chicken stock and balsamic vinaigrette.  Dark leafy greens pack a nutritional punch and lend a delightful texture while complementing and enhancing the flavors.  I used turnip tops, however, any dark leafy green will do.  Try it with spinach, swiss chard or kale. A simple yet sophisticated dish.

Braised Pumpkin with Turnip Greens
Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced Lakota Squash or Pumpkin
  • 1 bunch turnip greens, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 tbls balsamic vinaigrette
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
I used 1/4 of my small 2lb heirloom lakota squash which resembles pumpkin lending a nutty flavor.  Any pumpkin type squash will do in this recipe.

  1. In a small cast iron skillet or pan heat 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add the onion and saute until translucent
  3. Add the Lakota squash or pumpkin, chicken stock, balsamic vinaigrette, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and braise over low heat for 30 – 45 minutes, allowing the squash to have a little bit of a crunch.  (In other words, not fully softened)
  5. 5 minutes before the squash is finished add the turnip greens or other dark leafy greens until just wilted.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
That’s it.  Buen Provecho!

8 Responses to "Braised Pumpkin with Turnip Greens"
  1. Paul Jennette says:

    This looks like a great side dish, away from the norm. I will differently give it a try!!
    Thank You

  2. Yesim says:

    seems healthy and tasty dish..

  3. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Great use of pumpkins!!! Never thought to pair the two.

  4. Trish says:

    I like how you added a bit of balsamic vinegar to the dish. Sounds simple, healthy, and delish! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

    yum, i love simple, delicious recipes that are healthy and have a lot of flavor naturally. perfect side dish for the holidays!

  6. <3 Love the seasonal food this time of year <3

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