T freshly grated orange zest
large acorn squash (about 1½ lbs)
c fresh orange juice
t kosher salt, plus more to taste
t fresh ground black pepper, plus more to taste
small sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, whisk together orange zest and 1 T EVOO, until well combined; set aside. Cut squash in half horizontally through its center. Scrape out seeds with a spoon and discard. Set each half cut-side down and slice into 1/2-in thick half-moons. Add to a large bowl and combine with remaining EVOO, OJ, salt, pepper and thyme. Toss to coat. Arrange squash, skin-side down, in 2 or 3 layers inside a 9 or 10-in pie plate. Top with any juice remaining in mixing bowl. Cover with foil and bake 30 mins or until squash is fork-tender. Remove from oven and drizzle or brush hot squash with reserved olive oil mixture. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serve immediately.