Squash or potatoes, whatever winter vegetable you might find filling this season, here are seven dishes that showcase them better than a simple mash or roast ever could.
Blink Poplar Bluff Beets
Have a healthy, but filling lunch on Stephen Avenue with beets served with shaved fennel, a minced olive vinaigrette, parmesan and lemon-infused oil.
(111 8 Ave. S.W., 403-263-5330, blink-calgary.com, @blinkrestaurant)
Home Tasting Room Ham Hock Salad
A big serving of warm root vegetables with tender, salty ham hock is finished with a maple dijon vinaigrette, making for a perfect sharing plate to start dinner here.
(110 8 Ave. S.W., 403-262-8100, hometastingroom.ca, @hometasting)
Market Winter Squash Salad
Sweet chunks of squash are mixed with apple, candied oatmeal and kale and tossed in a tangy house-made yogurt dressing.
(718 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-4414, marketcalgary.ca, @market_calgary)
Monki Bistro Brisket and Monki Sausage Hash
It’s no surprise to find potatoes on a breakfast plate, but Monki’s combination of sweet poatoes, onion, brisket and sausage topped with a poached egg and, of course, hollandaise, makes you want to eat every last bite.
(1301 10 Ave. S.W., 587-352-7131, monki.ca, @monkibistro)
Notable Crispy Potato Rolls
Filled with tender rotisserie pork and served with jalapeno cheese, ranch dip and a salsa verde, this finger-friendly starter is a comforting way to kick off a meal.
(4611 Bowness Rd. N.W., 403-288-4372, notabletherestaurant.ca, @notablecalgary)
Raw Bar Crispy Sweet Potato and Ginger Spring Rolls
The newly revamped Raw Bar serves up elevated Vietnamese fare including these sweet potato-centric spring rolls with a rich coconut soy dipping sauce on the side.
(119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9565, hotelarts.ca, @rawbaryyc)
Towa Sushi Yam Tempura
You can never go wrong with crunchy-on-the-outside, warm-on-the-inside vegetable tempura. The yam variety here holds up well and is never too mushy underneath the light batter.
(2116 4 St. S.W., 403-245-8585, towasushi.com)