5 Ways to Enjoy Delicata Squash

Let’s talk about… SQUASH! Personally, I’m a huge fan of squash all year round. Spaghetti squash with homemade sauce, zucchini squash boats stuffed with taco filling, creamy butternut squash soup… you name it and I’ll eat it! Of all the different kinds of squash each season, my favorite by far is delicata squash (and not because of the fun zebra striped skin!)

Delicata squash, also known as sweet potato squash, is a winter squash commonly known for its creamy texture and sweet taste. It’s also one of the easiest squash to prepare and cook, with zero peeling necessary and short cook times in either the oven, microwave or on the stovetop. Not only delicious, delicata squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, and also provides small amounts of magnesium, manganese, vitamins C and B. 

My favorite way to cook this striped squash is with a little salt and pepper roasted in the oven at 425 degrees. It’s great as a side dish, thrown on a fall inspired pasta dish with brussels sprouts and ground sausage, or baked to a crisp as a crunchy snack. Ready to try delicata squash on your own? Here is my simple three step recipe for roasting perfection! 

Roasted Delicata Squash

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Beginner
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Three Step Instructions: 

  1. WASH: Prep by washing your squash thoroughly.
  2. CUT: Cut the ends off and then cut the squash longways down the center. Scoop out the seeds. Cut squash into even slices.
  3. COOK: Toss in olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 40 minutes at 425 degrees fahrenheit.

Once you’ve mastered the basic roasting technique, you can start experimenting with other unique recipes. Here are four other delicata squash recipes from bloggers that I am dying to try this fall/winter. Let me know if you give them a try and what you think!

Delicata Squash Egg Bake This recipe sounds DELICIOUS for a winter weekend brunch. It’s also packed with 12 grams of protein per serving, keeping you charged and full all morning long! Check out the recipe on Hungry Hobby.

Delicata Squash and Kale Chicken Noodle SoupSay goodbye to boring chicken noodle soup this winter. This twist on a classic looks delicious, and I can only imagine the squash and kale add an earthiness to the flavor. Get the full recipe on The Lemon Bowl.  

Super Simple Stuffed Delicata Squash – Stuffed with ground turkey, spinach and tomatoes, this looks like a great weeknight meal. Plus, this blogger says it’s great reheated making it a good meal prep lunch option! Learn how to make it from Kim’s Cravings!

Crispy Cheddar Delicata Squash Fritters – This gluten-free appetizer is packed with tons of flavor thanks to sweet delicata squash and yummy cheddar cheese! With claims to be crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, these bite size fritters sound perfect as an appetizer or even at brunch! See for yourself on Fearless Dining.

Do you have any other delicata or winter squash recipes you love making? I’d love to give them a try too! Comment below with your recipes. 

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