Recipe Difficutly: Easy
What is Delicata Squash?
Delicata squash is believed to have originated in North America and was first cultivated by the indigenous people of the region. It was later introduced to Europe and other parts of the world by early settlers and explorers. Today, delicata squash is grown in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and South America.
Delicata squash is a type of winter squash, which means it is typically harvested in the fall and can be stored for several months, making it a good option for using throughout the winter. It is a relatively small squash, usually around 6-8 inches long and 2-3 inches in diameter.
One of the unique features of delicata squash is its edible skin, which makes it easy to prepare and eliminates the need to peel the squash before cooking. The flesh is yellow or orange and the seeds are scooped out before cooking.
Delicata squash is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, including roasting, sautéing, and baking. It can also be mashed or pureed for use in soups, casseroles, and pies. It is also quite versatile, it can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients, and can be used as a side dish or as an ingredient in main dishes.
How to Roast Delicata Squash
This is a simple roasted squash recipe using delicata squash. It is a lovely option for roasting. It's deliciously creamy and there is no need to peel the skin off. It's delicious (and pretty) left on. The delicata squash is first cut in half and deseeded, then sliced into 1/2 inch thick wedges. It gets tossed with maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, cinnamon, chili powder & salt and pepper then roasted in the oven at 425F until the suqash has softened and the maple syrup has caramelized. About 20 minutes, flipping half way. To garnish, more toasted pumpkin seeds than you would think (such a delicious crunch), an extra drizzle of maple syrup if you wish, lots of pinches of one of my favourite vegan feta cheeses, (Greek Style Fresh Start Fauxmage), and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
How to serve Maple Roasted Delicata Squash
This would be a lovely side dish to serve over the holidays along side your favourite protein or other vegetable side dishes. I've actually even eaten half of the written recipe as a full meal just to myself. Either way, it is worth branching out and trying delicata squash if you haven't already. I love all squash varieties, but this one is definitely lovely and looks gorgeous on the dinner table.
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