If you’ve been following along on my social media accounts, then you are well aware that I am beyond psyched that it’s officially winter squash season! Don’t miss checking out the 23 Delicata Squash Recipes that I’ve collected below from a few blogging friends as well as my own archives here on Healthy Seasonal Recipes! From a Vegetarian Delicata Squash with Thanksgiving Stuffing to a Gluten Free Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash… there is something for everyone!
Delicata Squash are one of my favorite go-to varieties because they are so easy and versatile. And with their mild flavor and creamy texture, there are about a million different ways to jazz them up. I love that Delicata are thin skinned, which means the skin is edible. So no peeling necessary!
Their small cylindrical shape also makes them a little less daunting to break down than say a Butternut or the even more intimidating Hubbard Squash. If you’re new to dealing with whole winter squash, the Delicata is a great beginner squash. Extra bonus that they are packed full of fiber and potassium, as well as a little vitamin B, C and magnesium.
How to Roast Delicata Squash
- Cut and Seed It… The first thing to do is cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (remember no peeling required!) The seeds are edible, so you can save them to roast later if you want. If the plan is to stuff the squash or puree it, you can roast the halves whole by brushing with oil, seasoning and placing them flesh side down on a baking sheet or dish. Or you can slice the halves into half moon shapes, toss with oil, seasonings and spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Heat Is Your Friend… When you are roasting most vegetables you’ll want your oven to be set to at least 400 degrees. The goal is to get a little color on those babies. Color equals flavor. With that said you’ll want to keep an eye on them and turn them at least once or twice during cooking to make sure that lovely golden color doesn’t get too dark and you end up with charcoal.
- Go Crazy with the Seasonings… As you’ll see in the recipes below Delicata squash really is a blank canvas and just begging to be gussied up with a variety of spices like cinnamon or a little smoked paprika, parmesan, maple syrup… they are the perfect foil for both sweet and savory seasonings.
The most popular way to cook these precious little squash is to roast them. After they are roasted literally the sky is the limit as to what you can do with them. You can keep them whole and stuff them, slice them and toss them into salads or bowls, spice them up with a variety of seasonings or combine them with other veggies and ingredients to make an awesome side dish, appetizer or even dessert. The possibilities are endless and absolutely delicious!
Stuffed Delicata Squash Recipes
delicata squash with thanksgiving stuffing| Healthy Seasonal Recipes
stuffed delicata squash with quinoa and mushrooms | Simply Recipes
quinoa enchilada stuffed delicata squash | Kristine’s Kitchen
southwest turkey chili stuffed delicata squash | Flavor the Moments
quinoa stuffed delicata squash rings | rhubarbarians
quinoa and spinach delicata squash | Garden in the Kitchen
Recipes for Delicata Squash Tossed with Other Yummy Ingredients
roasted delicata squash salad with warm pickled onion dressing | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
kale salad with roasted delicata squash, chèvre, dried cranberries and spiced pecans| Healthy Seasonal Recipes
delicata squash salad | What’s Gabby Cooking
harvest kale salad with roasted winter squash | Umami Girl
delicata squash shrimp and rice bowl | Just a Little Bit of Bacon
Seasoned Delicata Squash Recipes
spice roasted delicata squash with port reduction | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
parmesan delicata squash | A Cedar Spoon
cinnamon roasted delicata squash | Eat the Grains
maple roasted delicata squash rings | Mom Foodie
chipotle-glazed delicata squash | Cookie + Kate
parmesan herb roasted delicata squash | Life’s Ambrosia
Combined Meals with Delicata Squash
delicata squash tacos with black beans | Naturally Ella
delicata squash and sausage gratin | Kalyn’s Kitchen
roasted delicata squash and brussels sprouts | Stress Baking
thai red curry with roasted cauliflower and delicata squash | Eats Well with Others
crispy cheddar delicata squash fritters | Fearless Dining
paleo delicata squash coconut brownies | Fearless Dining