Unloved Squash from Unloved Squash
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With fall in full swing we are constantly hounded with all things pumpkin — which is not always a bad thing. But did you know there are, in fact, other fall squashes out there? Shocking, I know.
Each week, The Daily Meal team picks a theme for SWAT (Sharing With A Theme), and our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers submit corresponding recipes for a chance to be featured in a recipe round-up. But the path to this week’s SWAT had a few twists: We asked our amazingly witty and creative network of food bloggers to share their favorite squash recipes with one caveat: No pumpkin allowed.
Almost instantly inboxes were dinging with recipes, and, in a matter of minutes, I had about 10 butternut squash soup recipes on my hands. “Ok,” I said to myself, “Let’s see if we fix this.”
We went back to the bloggers tweaking the theme just a tad in an effort to avoid a full-on “soupageddon.” As a result, the soup recipes submissions halted (I even got a few “NO SOUP FOR YOU” lines), but butternut squash flood kept rolling in.
When the submission window closed, I had more than 70 recipe submissions… and roughly 90 percent of them were butternut squash. Some of them were so beautiful, I swear, I almost wanted to do two SWAT round-ups. But, alas, this week’s SWAT is dedicated to all the other over-shadowed, unknown, and unloved squash out there.
Lentil Stew With Delicata Squash
A Little Rosemary and Time just gets it: “Delicata squash is the unsung hero of just about…everything.” She goes on to say, “[With] flesh that is almost honey sweet, with soft, edible skin- there’s nothing that matches it.” Here, she uses her delicata to make a hearty lentil stew. Check it out here.
Pink Banana Squash Chocolate Ginger Tart
Quinoa Salad With Roasted Kabocha Squash
Roasted Delicata Squash With Cumin, Lime, and Green Chile Rub
Spice Chronicles teaches us something that we may not have known: “Delicata is a bona fide North American creation, a variety developed at the University of Minnesota, a quick growing, and quick cooking variety.” Delicatas have a thin skin that requires no peeling, and this dish roasts delicata squash with cumin, lime, and green chile. Check it out here.