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Monday, October 10, 2011

Roasted Delicata Squash "Fries"


Fall is here!  Which means you've probably started seeing these neat looking, gourd-like squashes hanging out at your local grocery or farmer's market.  But what are they??  Nope, they're not exotic pumpkins (although the seeds inside can be prepared just like pumpkin seeds!).

They're called delicata squash and when baked, taste a lot like a sweet potato.

Best of all the skin is edible (and delicious!), unlike its cousins the spaghetti and butternut squash.

What you will need:
  • Delicata Squash (1 Squash serves about 2 people, depending on how hungry they are!)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1/2 of a Medium Cooking Onion, minced
  • Salt, Pepper and other spices of your choice
  • Metal cookie sheet or roasting pan
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Wash any dirt off of squash using warm water
  3. Cut stem top off and cut squash lengthwise
  4. Scoop out seeds and set aside
  5. Slice each half into 1/4 - 1/2 inch "half moon" pieces
  6. In a mixing bowl, toss pieces in olive oil
  7. Mix in garlic, onion and spices
  8. Arrange on metal baking pan with the flesh touching the metal
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes and flip to the other side
  10. Flip again in another 10 minutes
  11. Total baking time will be about 30 minutes. Squash should be a crispy, caramelized golden brown
Makes a great, healthy, addicting side dish! 

4 comments:

I'D MAKE SOME OF THESE, BUT SOME ONE GAVE ALL MY SQUASH AWAY. I HAD THE RECIPE AND WAS ALREADY TO START AND THEY CAME UP MISSING. WONDER WHERE THEY WENT. THEY LOOK GOOD.

THEY ARE GOOD! AND YOUR CAPS LOCK IS STUCK ON! YOU MAY NEED A NEW KEYBOARD RICHRES!

Mike- In your steps you tell us to set the seeds aside. You never got back to the seeds?

Hey Rich-
I posted the recipe - sorry I wasn't clearer on the seeds! They can be prepared just like you would pumpkin seeds. So after you've scooped them out of each halve, put them in a bowl for later. They can be kept in the refrigerator until you want to cook them. When you're ready, separate the seeds from the slimy stuff and toss them with olive oil and any spices you want, then bake them in the oven @ 350 until crispy golden brown. You can also saute them in a frying pan with oil on a medium heat. They're yummy!

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