Roasted Squash with Mole Sauce Recipe
Total time: 50 minutes
Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, toss squash with oil, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Arrange in a single layer on two large rimmed baking sheets. Roast, flipping squash and rotating baking sheets halfway through, until deep golden brown and tender, about 35 minutes total.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt 1 Tbsp. butter over medium-low heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in sesame seeds, cinnamon, cumin, and star anise, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in broth and brown sugar, increase heat to medium, and cook until reduced by half, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove star anise and discard.
Whisk in chocolate and remaining 2 Tbsp. butter until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in remaining 3/4 tsp. salt and remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper, and keep warm. Transfer squash to a platter, drizzle with sauce, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, and serve.
Make ahead: Prepare through removing the anise. Just before serving, rewarm sauce and continue with whisking in the chocolate and butter.