Delicata Squash, have you tried it yet?
Delicata squash is a winter squash with distinctive longitudinal dark green stripes on a yellow or cream colored background and sweet, orange-yellow flesh. It has a mild flavor, similar to butternut squash, but not quite as sweet. And the best part... you can eat the skin! That's right, no need to peel!
I was so surprised to see this squash make an appearance at my grocery store, I knew I had to try it!
To prepare, you wash the exterior of the squash well. Slice off the stem end and the bottom end and cut lengthwise. Once the pulp is exposed, you can scrape out the seeds and the pulp until you are left with only the flesh and the skin of the squash. ( You can also roast the seeds just like pumpkin seeds, if you desire.)
Then you simply cut it into half-moons and you are ready to roast! Roasting brings out the sweetness of the squash as well as a good amount of flavor.
I chose to coat the delicata squash in some brown sugar, cayenne, salt and olive oil. I lined my baking sheet with a silpat and roasted the squash, flesh side down, for about 25 minutes at 425 degrees F, turning over the pieces half way through.
Roasted delicata squash is so colorful and delicious! If you enjoy other winter squashes such as butternut, pumpkin or acorn, you will love this squash.
Wouldn't this side dish would make a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table?
Roasted Delicata Squash
Servings - 4 Serving size - 1 cup Points Plus per Serving - 2 Points+
Calories - 82.8 Total Fat - 3.4g, Carb. - 13.9g, Protein - 1.3g, Fiber - 4g
4 cups, cleaned and cut delicata squash ( about 2 medium sized squash)
1 TBS brown sugar
salt and pepper, to taste
cayenne, to taste
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with silpat or parchment to prevent squash from sticking to the pan.
2. Combine squash pieces, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and olive oil in large bowl.
3. Arrange squash, cut side down on prepared baking sheet. Don't over crowd.
4. Roast in oven for 20 -25 minutes, turning to other cut side half way through. Squash is done when flesh is soft but still holding together.
I really love to try new fruits and vegetables, and this squash was new to me. My whole family really enjoyed this as a side dish to pork chops. I love that I didn't have to peel it. I like butternut squash, but peeling it, not so much. And 4g of fiber per serving is great!!
How about you? Do you like trying out new produce? I always feel you never know if you will like it until you give it try, and thanks to the internet, it's easy to research ways to cook and eat what you have found!