Winter Squash facts and general information about winter squash.
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Winter Squash is Available:
Winter squash are available fall through winter season.
How Does Winter Squash Grow:
From a seed planted in late spring.
What to Look for When Buying:
Choose a squash that is heavy with a thick hard shell. No spots,
mold, bruises or cuts should be seen.
Store in a cool dark dry place. If cut in half store in fridge
covered with plastic wrap.
How to Cook:
Cut in half and roast in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes-1 hour
depending on size of squash. You will know it is done when a knife
can be inserted in the flesh easily. Allow to cool then mash, add to
stews, soups or add in baking (such as quick breads and pies)
1 serving equals about 1 cup cubed. Squash with darker orange flesh
are more nutritious. Winter squash is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C
and dietary fiber and potassium.
Winter Squash Facts- Recipes:
2 medium spaghetti squash
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
½ t. garlic powder
Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
¼ c. unsalted butter, melted
¼ c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven
to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil
or a Silpat baking sheet. Set aside.
Trim the top and bottom off each spaghetti squash to create a
flat surface. Sit the squash upright and slice down the middle
with a sharp knife. Scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon
without piercing all the way through the squash. Reserve seeds
and set aside to toast later, if desired.
Brush the edges and inside of each squash half with olive oil.
Sprinkle each half with the garlic powder and season with salt
and black pepper, to taste.
Place the squash cut side down on the prepared baking sheet
and place in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes, or until the
squash is for fork tender.
Remove from oven and cool for several minutes. Once cool
enough to handle, flip over the squash and carefully shred the
inside with a fork to create spaghetti-like strands, leaving the
shredded squash inside the squash shells.
Drizzle the melted butter over the spaghetti squash and top
each with some Parmesan cheese. Place back into the oven until
the cheese is melted and starts to brown.
Remove from oven and serve immediately with some freshly
chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Enjoy!
Sloppy Joes Stuffed Squash
Make your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and stuff an acorn squash. Cut
squash in half and remove seeds. Cook in boiling water about 10
minutes. Place on serving dish. Prepare sloppy joe recipe and stuff
squash with mixture. You can also sprinkle with bread crumbs and
cheese and broil on baking sheet 2-3 minutes until cheese melts.
Pick a butternut squash that is free of blemishes. If it doesn't
stand upright on its own slice off some of the bottom so it is flat.
Cut off the top of the squash and hollow out seeds and insides.(as
you would a pumpkin) Cut out any excess flesh inside. Place on a
small saucer or plate. Use your squash vase for flowers and decorate
your autumn table.
Cream of Squash Soup
1 medium squash cut in half or wedges and cook in oven for 1 hour or
until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out flesh from skin.
3 Tablespoons butter
1 leek, chopped
In saucepan, saute butter and leek. Add,
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.
Stir in squash. Add 4 Cups chicken broth. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree in blender. Serve.
~~Try butternut squash or pumpkin for this recipe.
More Cooking Ideas
Add cubed or julienned squash to soups, stir fry, pot pies.
Make cooked butternut squash into a cream soup.
Add ½ cup pureed cooked squash to pancake or waffle batter.
Stuff squash with chopped apples and bread stuffing such as
stove top or a homemade version.
Cube squash and roast in the oven with Brussels sprouts,
carrots or other vegetables. Drizzle all vegetables with olive
oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees until