As fall settles in around us, what better time to hit up the farmers’ market and take advantage of the wonderful squash that is steadily appearing there? Squash makes a wonderful, healthy side dish to any autumn meal.
Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Spicy Apples
- 1 sweet dumpling squash
- 1 apple (Granny Smith or other baking apples work great)
- 2 t of butter
- 2 1/2 t brown sugar
- 1/8 t cinnamon
- 1/8 t nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds and pulp.
- Place cut side down in greased baking dish.
- Cover and bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.
- While the squash cooks, chop the apple.
- Melt the butter in the microwave, then coat the apple in butter and toss with the spices.
- Remove squash from oven, flip them over and fill with the apple and spice mixture.
- Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes longer.
You can also add chopped nuts, raisins, sausage or dried fruit to this. Feel free to adjust the spice levels to taste, or substitute other spices that you like, such as pumpkin pie spice. Sweet dumpling squash is very versatile and can be cooked savory or sweet, so let your imagination go wild!
Easy Delicata Squash
Delicata, an heirloom squash, is less popular not because of its flavor, but because it all but disappeared from markets for decades. These days, it is happily making a comeback, and what a treat it is! Its sweet flavor is reminiscent of summer’s corn on the cob and fall’s sweet potatoes. This is a great squash to steam and let the natural flavors shine through.
- 1 delicata squash
- Cut the squash in half length-wise and remove seeds.
- Pierce the skin several times with a fork on both halves.
- Place cut side down in a glass baking dish.
- Pour about 1/2 an inch of water in the dish around the squash.
- Microwave for 5-10 minutes, depending on size of squash.
The squash should be tender once it is fully cooked and soft enough to eat using a spoon to scrape out the flesh. Steamed delicata squash is delicious on its own with just a bit of butter, but you can also add brown sugar for sweetness or salt and pepper for a more savory taste. You can also bake the squash to give it a toasty flavor by taking a whole squash and puncturing the skin with a fork, then cooking at 350 for about 45 minutes.
Discovering squash at the farmers’ market in autumn is one of the great things about this season. Squash is easy to cook with and very accepting of different flavor combinations.