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Delicata Squash 101

Delicata Squash 101

There is so much to love about seasonal produce, and fall is full of so many good ones. Apples galore, pumpkin and all things pumpkin spice, and also squash and lots of it. Some of the more popular kinds of squash are butternut, acorn, and spaghetti. However there is a less popular squash that also happens to be my favorite and that is the delicata squash. With a mildly sweet flavor and an edible skin these are both delicious and easy to prepare, that’s a double win in my book!

To find this delicata squash you might have to dig around a little bit in your grocery store. I usually find mine in a bin with other squash and pumpkin varieties. Sometimes they’ll even be with the more decorative gourds and small pumpkins. The best way to find one is to know what to look for, I spot mine by the telltale long green lines that run vertical on the cream or yellow squash skin. Now their season is SHORT so be sure to stock up in the early fall. Delicata also freezes beautifully, so if you fall in love with them as I did, be sure to freeze some to keep all year round.

Now lets talk about how you prepare them, in one word it’s EASY! Give the squash a good scrub, because you will be eating the skin. The delicata has such a good natural flavor you don’t need to add much to it. The flavor reminds me a bit of brown sugar and sweet potatoes. I like to slice the squash lengthwise and scoop out all of the seeds, next I slice each half into little 1/2″ crescent moon shapes. Then I like to toss them in a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and that’s it. Now you roast them, either in the oven or the air fryer. I prefer the air fryer as you get a little more of a crust on them that way, and also it saves a ton of time! For the oven I prepare them the same but the roasting process takes a little longer, however either way you cook them, they’ll be delicious.

Air Fryer Instructions

Clean, seed and slice squash. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Pre-heat air fryer to 390 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Place squash in a single layer and air fry for 5-6 minutes. Repeat in batches until all the squash is done.

Oven Instructions

Clean, seed and slice squash. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes flipping the squash halfway through.

 

To Freeze

Clean, seed and slice squash. Lay on a baking sheet, I like to line mine with wax paper, and freeze. Once frozen, move to an air tight freezer bag for storage. You can store this for up to a year, so pretty much this will get you from one delicata season to the next! When re-heating from frozen, add a few minutes to your cook time.

 

I hope you guys enjoy the delicata squash as much as I do. Couldn’t we all use a new side dish right about now, after making dinner for the 100th time since March? However in all seriousness, I love this as a healthy starchy side, it’s kid approved and easy to prepare! Not to mention it’s high in vitamin C, fiber and potassium and just another reason to love fall.



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