Sous Vide Kabocha with Cardamom Ricotta and Pomegranate


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Japanese kabocha is my favorite winter squash. With a brooding green exterior and intense orange flesh, it’s incredibly striking looking. The chestnut-like fluffy texture is unique, and it’s one of the sweetest hard squashes around. What’s even better? When it’s cooked sous vide with a precision cooker, the squash becomes remarkably custardy, too. If you’ve only enjoyed kabocha in vegetable tempura at a Japanese restaurant, you’re in for a treat with this dish that boasts festive colors perfect for the holidays. The cooked squash wedges are given a Persian flair with a dollop of cardamom-scented ricotta, a drizzle of pomegranate molasses and a shower of fresh pomegranate arils or seeds. It’s at once sweet and tangy, and all-together satisfying. Enjoy!
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Ingredients for 8

  • 1 medium kabocha squash (about 4 pounds)

  • Kosher salt

  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese

  • Zest of 1 orange

  • 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • Pomegranate molasses

  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed and reserved


  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 185ºF (85ºC).

  • Step 2

    To make cutting up the kabocha easier, microwave the whole squash on high for 3 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Cut squash in half. Scoop out seeds and discard. Cut squash into wedges about 1 ½-inches thick. The skin is edible, so leave it on. You may want to trim off any unsightly bumps.

  • Step 4

    Season squash wedges with salt and divide between 2 large zipper lock or vacuum seal bags. Seal the bags using the water immersion technique or a vacuum sealer on the dry setting.

  • Step 5

    Place the bags in the water bath and set the timer for 1 1/2 hours.

  • Step 6

    Meanwhile, make the ricotta topping: In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, orange juice, orange zest, cardamom and a pinch of salt.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the bags from the water bath and transfer squash to a serving platter.

    • Step 1

      Dollop each wedge with some of the ricotta mixture. Drizzle pomegranate molasses over the ricotta and top with the pomegranate seeds. Season with salt and serve.

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