Baked delicata squash is my favorite winter squash.  Delicata has a mild, nutty flavor.  I love flavoring it sweet or savory. Its flesh is smooth and creamy when baked. Baked delicata squash are great served as is and you can even eat the skins on them if you like. Maybe you received some in your CSA box and wonder what you can do with it? Don’t be intimidated by this little beauty.  Once you start working with delicata I guarantee you will be hooked on how versatile it is.

It’s so easy to work with…

One of delicata’s pluses is how easy it is to work with.  Since it’s small I have no trouble slicing it in half.  Its seeds come out quickly with a spoon. Some squashes are cumbersome and difficult to work with.  I’ve almost lost a finger trying to cut butternuts in half!

It’s the squash for those who don’t like squash…

If you are not a squash fan I recommend this over all others. It’s texture is not grainy and it really tastes like whatever you put on it.  You can bake them and stuff them with rice, veggies, meat or leftovers.  I love it by itself with salt, cayenne and garlic powder.

It stores for months…

You can store you fresh delicata squash in a cool place.  Delicata will store for a few months; just make sure not to break the stem off and check for nics on the skin.

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Baked Delicata Squash
Course side dishes
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 45+ min
Servings
Ingredients
Course side dishes
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 45+ min
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To bake delicate simply split in half and seed, just like you see at the left. Rub the flesh of the squash with olive or coconut oil. Add desired spices, place flesh side down in baking dish, and bake uncovered at 375 until fork tender (about 45 minutes).
Recipe Notes

Possible spice rubs:

  • 1 ts curry, 1/2 ts salt, 1/8 ts cayenne
  • sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • salt and cumin are one of my favorite
  • 1/2 ts salt, 1/8 ts cayenne, 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 ts garlic powder. 1/2 ts onion powder, salt and pepper
  • sprinkle with salt, cinnamon and brown sugar
  • 1/2 ts ground mustard, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/8 ts garlic powder, 1/8 ts pepper, sprinkle with salt

Get creative.  Delicata will lend itself to whatever you spice it with.  Remove it from the oven, cut into 3 pieces and serve with skin.  The flesh should come out easily with a fork so nothing special is needed.  What a wonderful alternative to potatoes!

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