Coconut Delicata Squash Dippers

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35 MIN


17 g


61 g


1549 kcal


21 g


71 mg


63 g




1 large

unsweetened dried coconut

1 cup

cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp


5 g

delicata squash ( halved, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch slices )

15 wt. oz

mayonnaise ( all natural or homemade )

1/2 cup

garlic chili sauce ( or sambal oelek )

1 tbsp

Coconut Delicata Squash Dippers

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Step 1

Prepare squash by cutting off both ends, slice in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and then cut into 1/4 inch slices. Leave the peel on.

Step 2

Place egg in a small dish and beat it. Set aside.

Step 3

Combine coconut, cayenne pepper, and salt in a small bowl.

Step 4

Coat squash pieces in the egg and then toss in the coconut mixture being sure all sides are covered lightly.

Step 5

Place in an air fryer and fry at 390 degrees for 12 minutes or until coconut is browned and squash is tender.

Step 6

While squash is cooking, combine the mayonnaise and chili sauce and set aside.

Step 7

Serve squash hot with the spicy mayonnaise or a sweet chili sauce.

Oven alternative: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place coated squash on a baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes.

Kid-friendly and fun to eat, the whole family will adore this side dish that is simple to make and easy to enjoy. Thinly sliced slivers of delicata squash provide a unique and healthy side dish. With a taste similar to a sweet potato, delicata squash is rich in fiber and immune-boosting vitamin C. Unsweetened coconut flakes coat these squash slices with a delicious flavor that coordinates well with the natural nutty sweetness of this fall vegetable.

With its unique cream and green striped skin, the delicata squash also has a time-saving characteristic. Once delicata squash is cooked, its skin becomes very soft and is edible so there is no need to peel it before preparing or serving. I like to cook these in an air fryer which is faster than oven roasting, though you can do it that way, too. Cooking them in an air fryer creates a nice crisp exterior on the coating and makes them perfect for dipping into a spicy mayo or a more traditional sweet chili sauce. This versatile dish is paleo-friendly and suitable for vegetarians as well. Because it is appropriate for a multitude of eating styles, these dippers also make an awesome appetizer for parties, game-day, or the holidays!

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