Welcome to the newest installment of Serving Suggestions. This week we have a suggestion for Bob on how to use the delicata squash we received this week:
When I first saw the delicata squash this week, I was a bit intimidated. I had never cooked them before and honestly thought they might just be ornamental because of the colorful striping. After a little googling I realized that they are the perfect vessel for a flavorful stuffing and that they can be eaten whole, skin and all. The recipe I started with came from NY Times Cooking and was called Whole-Roasted Stuffed Delicata Squash. I made some modifications based on what I had on hand (i.e. I subbed arugula for the kale) and it came out great. Here’s what I did… I sliced the squash in half length-wise and scraped out the seeds. I sprayed them with cooking spray and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. While I worked on the stuffing, I gave them a fifteen minute head start in a 400 degree oven. For the stuffing, I started by toasting walnuts in a dry skillet and removing them to a large bowl. Next, I sauteed chopped onion and garlic until soft and added arugula until it wilted and cooked down. I dumped the veggies into the bowl. Then I added stuffing cubes from the pantry (you could make your own from stale or toasted bread) to the pan with a few tablespoons of butter, tossing constantly to coat and lightly brown. I added the cubes, dried cranberries and dried herbs to the bowl and mixed to combine. To help bring the mixture together, I added a few tablespoons of chicken broth (I skipped the maple syrup the recipe calls for so needed some moisture). Once it cooled a bit, I stirred in blue cheese crumbles. Finally, I added the stuffing to the parcooked squash, mounding it high and pushing it into the squash. I cooked it for about twenty minutes before covering with foil to prevent the stuffing from burning and then added about ten minutes more until the squash was fork-tender. The squash was flavorful, the stuffing crunchy and it made for a great introduction to a new vegetable! I couldn’t help but snapping a picture:
That’s all for this week, check back again soon for more Serving Suggestions!
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