This fall I am on a mission to more familiarize myself with the squash family.
I did not grow up as a squash fan, but I am looking to make up for some lost time.
I am experimenting with different recipes trying to find the best use for each type of squash. Butternuts are the only type I have spend much time with. I have mainly use them in Alton Brown's recipe for butternut dumplings. Such a good recipe!
In my mission to branch out, I gave Delicata squash a try.
What Is a Delicata Squash
Appearance, Long yellow squash with green stripes and green spots throughout
Other names, Sweet potato squash peanut squash Bohemian squash
Nutrition, good source of dietary fiber and potassium
Average weight, 1 to 2 pounds
Let me give you just a bit more info on this variety. It has been around for quite a while but feel out of favor as it doesn't ship as well as other hard squashes.
In recent years I have seen it more and more. Most stores now carry it in the fall season. It's not available year round like acorn or butternut squash.
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Another interesting tidbit is that the Delicata belongs to the same family as the zucchini and yellow crookneck squash. So really it's a summer squash with the longevity and harvest time of a winter squash. Their size can be eaten like a summer squash or you can choose to peel it.
What to Do with Delicata Squash
The first time we used one we just roasted it in the oven. Then we pureed it and used it as any ingredient for a Sili Squeeze treat for my daughters. Would also work well for baby food purees. They are sweet like a sweet potato, so that may be attractive to kids.
The next time I used one I roasted them again but changed up the technique. I made them into "delicata squash fries" I sliced them into small slices and then made them like I would oven fries.
And we have a winner!
The oven fries turned out fantastic. Later on I learned that you can actually get away without peeling the squash for this recipe. The skin is actually edible when you cook it. You can still peel it if you want, but I love saving the time.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Peel (or leave the skin on) the squash
- Slice in half.
- Remove seeds (don't throw them out, save them for roasting)
- Cut squash into ½ inch slices
- Place on sheet pan.
- Coat with some olive oil and salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
- Bake in the oven 12-15 minutes, then turn and bake another 12-15 minutes until they have darkened along the edges and soft in the middle