When it comes to winter squash, butternut might be the favorite and most popular variety. But experienced chefs will warn you: the rich, sweet fruit isn’t easy to cook with. Removing its tough skin is an arduous task and baking times are incredibly lengthy. Nothing’s wrong with a little hard work, but sometimes you need a quick, easy alternative. Delicata squash, like butternut, is sweet and flavorful, but it doesn’t require any peeling and takes less than 30 minutes to roast. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll find delicata will soon become your new favorite.
Baked Delicata Squash & Toasted Seeds
3 delicata squash
Extra virgin olive oil
Rainbow peppercorns or freshly ground black pepper
Himalayan pink sea salt, optional
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and pulp.
- Place squash halves on a glass or ceramic baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, freshly ground pepper, pink salt and rosemary. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.
- To toast the seeds, spread them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive olive oil, ground pepper and salt. Bake for about 15 minutes.