{What’s Cooking Wednesday} Squash Obsession

by Valerie on November 11, 2009 · 6 comments

One of my November goals was to take full advantage of the fact this is squash season.  I am happy to report that goal is going spendidly.  Here are some recent favorites I have enjoyed:

Kabocha Squash

Kabocha-Sunshine squash was totally new to me this year and has been a complete revelation – it is a little denser than butternut and has the same sweetness. I made Sweet and Spicy Roasted Kabocha Squash from Just Hungry, and it was amazing.  I substituted agave and tamari for the brown sugar and soy sauce combination in the recipe, but I highly recommend using the spice blend Maki describes, because it was addictively delicious.  Traditional Kabocha is green on the outside, but I have not been able to find that, so I have been using the Kabocha-Sunshine I have access to at my farmer’s market.  If you do not have access to any type of kabocha squash, butternut squash is a good substitute.

Acorn Squash
Acorn squash is a long-time favorite for me, and this Gourmet recipe for Roasted Acorn Squash with Chile Vinaigrette is probably my all-time favorite acorn squash recipe. The combination of lime, chile and cilantro with the sweetness of the squash punches up the flavors of the recipe.  I do think the Gourmet recipe is too heavy on the oil. I use just one tablespoon of olive oil in the dressing, and one to two tablespoons to toss the acorn squash slices prior to roasting.

Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash with Mustard Vinaigrette from this month’s Real Simple Magazine is definitely another winner – it is sweet yet tart from the mustard.  It is part of Real Simple’s Thanksgiving lineup, but honestly it is a great dish any night of the week.  I generally eat it with some braised kale and either quinoa or brown rice.

I know this is a slightly different What’s Cooking Wednesday – these recipes are so delicious, you will forgive me, won’t you? And be sure to check out Shan’s blog for other great eats.

Have you been enjoying squash this month? What are some of your favorite recipes?

All pictures by City Girl

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1 messybaker November 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

Those all sound yummy! I love winter squash. I've got a recipe for Delicata squash stuffed with quinoa on my blog, which you might enjoy. I am definitely going to try the butternut squash with mustard vinaigrette – that sounds right up my alley!


2 Julie November 11, 2009 at 1:26 pm

You are totally taking over my November goal list. Now I want to make new friends with squash! "Hi Kabocha Squash, I'm Julie, can we be friends?"

Thanks for livening up my healthy eating!


3 AnalieseMarie November 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Thank you for sharing these delicious-sounding recipes!


4 C'Anna November 11, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Thanks for the great ideas, I just bought some butternut squash and I'm going to try the Sweet & Spicy recipe with it tonight, I can't wait :)


5 Shan November 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I love squash. Thanks for the great links.


6 Shaw Girl November 19, 2009 at 4:29 am

I've been on a squash craze lately myself. Thanks for pointing out more squash yumminess for me to try!


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