I was a latecomer to the winter squash club. It wasn’t a veg I grew up eating often, and then the versions often presented to me played up the sweet, warmth of squash which is fine but often flat tasting. It wasn’t until I started volunteering in a garden and joined a CSA and had squash of many varieties forced on me, that I had to work to figure out a way I would like to eat them. With so much natural sweetness, I found I much prefer something sour or spicy to brighten the flavor, and thankfully many others feel this way too. Here is a whole host of recipes I’ve enjoyed and a few I’m planning to try to elevate your squash game.
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (from their cookbook, Jerusalem) – Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion with Tahini and Za’atar: Leave it to Ottolenghi to turn me around. This is the recipe that made me into a true squash lover, and it’s dead simple.
Orangette – Winter Squash Soup with Curry and Coconut Milk: Squash soups often have a weird grainy texture that bothers me, but this one with coconut milk is silky smooth and so good.
Jamie Oliver – Thai Chicken Laksa: I didn’t like the texture of the soup with the grated squash (sensing a theme?) so I blended it before I added the noodles, and used collards instead of asparagus (chicken definitely not necessary, and I left out the bouillon entirely).
Mark Bittman – Winter Squash Curry: Definitely use the coconut milk (as 3 of these 4 recipes include it, you can deduce squash + coconut milk = magic), serve over brown rice, and finish with lots of cilantro, scallions, and lime wedges. I ended up adding a little spice with cayenne after the fact as well.
The Yellow House – Sweet and Sour Delicata Squash
Smitten Kitchen – Fall-toush Salad
How Sweet Eats – Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta and Herbs
Ottolenghi via Food 52 – Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Spices, Lime, and Green Chile
Any other squash recipes to add?
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Your mom has shared a few of these soups with me and I’m a convert. I like butternut squash (I didn’t grow up with it either) and am really enjoying getting acquainted with it. I definitely prefer it spicy to the super sweet way some people prepare it. I have to represent New Orleans. 🙂
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