Winter Squash

Winter Squashes include: Acorn, Butternut, Autumn Crown, Delicata, Spaghetti

Recipe List:
Winter Squash Stuffed with Apples and Cheese
Winter Squash and Apple Bake
Roasted Acorn Squash with Orange-Cranberry Glaze
Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash with Kale and Apple
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna
Butternut Squash and Sage Pizza
Butternut Squash Pizza with Crispy Sage
Stuffed Delicata Squash
Roasted Delicata Squash
Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Tomatoes and Rosemary
Creamy Winter Squash Soup
Winter Squash Puree
Spaghetti Squash and Vegetables
“Spaghetti Sauce” using Butternut Squash
Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze
Buttercup Squash with Apples
Buttercup Squash Casserole
Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash
Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
Winter Squash with Quinoa and Cherries
Zuppa di Zucca Gialla {Winter Squash Soup}
Coconut Crusted Acorn Squash
Roasted Butternut Squash Slider with Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Sriracha Mayo
Butternut Squash Raviolis


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Winter Squash Stuffed with Apples and Cheese

Submitted by apprentice Cheryl Kastanowski

Ingredients:
2 med. sized acorn squash or 2 sm. butternut squash, about 1 1/4 lb. each
1 tbsp. butter
3 c. peeled chopped apples, preferably tart cooking apples
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 c. low fat cottage cheese
3/4 c. grated cheese (Cheddar, Swiss or Gouda)
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 tbsp. raisins
1/4 tsp. cinnamon plus a few sprinkles for garnish

Directions:
Cut the squashes in half lengthwise (through the stem to the flower end), scoop out and discard the seeds and strings, and place the squashes cut side down on an oiled baking pan. Bake the squash in a 350 degree oven for about 30 mintues or until they are tender.
In a small skillet, melt the butter and saute the apples and onion for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.

In a large bowl, combine the apple-onion mixture with the cottage cheese, grated cheese, lemon juice, raisins and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Fill the cavities of the baked squash with the stuffing. Sprinkle then with additional cinnamon. Place the stuffed squashes on a baking sheet or in a shallow pan, and cover them with foil.

Bake the squashes in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until they are heated through.

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Winter Squash and Apple Bake

Author, Tomese Buthod, originally published in Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass Region, November-December 2011 issue.
Topped with a sweetened oatmeal crumb, this can become a dessert.

Ingredients:
2.5-2.75 pound Butternut squash, peeled and seeded, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices or 3/4-inch diced (about 6 cups)
2.25 pound medium-size tart green apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices or 3/4-inch diced (about 6 cups)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup mixed raisins and dried cranberries
1/4-1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Cook squash in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender, 3-5 minutes.  Drain well.

Combine squash and apples in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.  Season generously with salt and pepper.

Combine maple syrup, butter, raisins and cranberries, nutmeg and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan.  Whisk over low heat until butter melts.  Pour syrup over squash mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Bake until squash and apples are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.  Cool 5 minutes.  (Can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover with foil; chill.  Let come to room temperature before re-warming, covered, in 350°F. oven about 30 minutes.)  Serves 12.

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Orange-Cranberry Glaze

From Mollie Katzen’s The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without

Ingredients:
2 acorn squash, seeded and cut into quarters
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (strained)
1 tsp finely minced orange zest
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp light-colored honey
1 1/2 tsp dried cranberries

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425°.  Line a baking tray with foil and brush with olive oil.  Brush cut surfaces with oil as well, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Arrange the squash, one cut-side down, on the tray and roast for 15 minutes.  Turn the squash so the other cut side is now facedown and roast for about 15 minutes longer or until fork-tender.  Remove tray from oven and set aside.
2.  In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch with 2 Tbs of the orange juice and whisk until smooth.  Add the remaining orange juice, along with the zest, vinegar and honey; whisk to combine.  Place over medium heat and cook, whisking, for about 5 minutes, or until thick and shiny.  (The mixture will turn from milky orange to a translucent glaze.)  Remove from the heat and stir in the cranberries.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
3.  To serve, arrange the squash wedges on a platter and drizzle with the glaze, about 2 Tbs per piece.

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Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash

Recommended by a CSA member, this recipe comes from allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1 cup uncooked couscous

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Arrange squash halves cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, or until tender. Dissolve the sugar in the melted butter. Brush squash with the butter mixture, and keep squash warm while preparing the stuffing.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, celery, and carrots, and cook 5 minutes. Mix in the garbanzo beans and raisins. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper, and continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
Pour the chicken broth into the skillet, and mix in the couscous. Cover skillet, and turn off heat. Allow couscous to absorb liquid for 5 minutes. Stuff squash halves with the skillet mixture to serve.

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Acorn Squash with Kale and Apple

From Farmer John’s Cookbook

Ingredients:
Butter or oil for greasing the pan
3 acorn squash (or similar)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
½ tsp salt, divided
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
1 large leek, chopped (about 2 cups)
4 cups coarsely chopped kale
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
½ red bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp butter
1 apple (or pear) peeled, halved, cored, cut in ½ inch pieces

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F.  Lightly grease a 13”x9” pan with butter or oil. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and put the squash halves cut-side down on a baking sheet. Bake until tender (30-45 minutes). Turn the squash halves over and sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Bake for 5 more minutes.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the leeks, sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the kale, stock, bell pepper, garlic and remaining  ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Bring to boil, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently, until kale is tender and the liquid evaporates (8-10 minutes). Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.  Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apple, sauté until lightly browned and tender but not mushy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the apple to kale mixture and stir well. Spoon the kale and apple mixture into the squash halves. Top with the remaining ½ cup Parmesan. Bake for 10 minutes.

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

From Farmer John’s Cookbook

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds butternut (about 1/2 large squash), peeled, seeded, cubed
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups peeled, chopped, fresh tomatoes
12 whole fresh curry leaves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
pinch freshly ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons curry powder
salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the scallions; sauté until soft and wilted, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the parsley, jalapeño, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
2. Add the squash and toss to coat it with the scallion mixture.  Add the stock, tomatoes, curry leaves, allspice, mace and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the squash is very tender, about 45 minutes.  Let cool slightly.
3. Transfer the soup in batches to a blender or food processor; purée.
4. Transfer the soup back to the pot.  Stir in the curry powder and add salt and pepper to taste.  Return the soup to a simmer to heat through.  Garnish with parsley just before serving.

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Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna

From marthastewart.com

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Butternut Squash and Sage Pizza

From alexandracooks.com

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Butternut Squash Pizza with Crispy Sage

Inspired by a recipe in Chez Panisse Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 small butternut squash (about a pound, but you will likely have leftover squash)
olive oil
kosher salt
2 cloves garlic
fresh ricotta cheese
a few sprigs thyme, leaves removed
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
10-15 sage leaves
canola oil for frying

Notes: Original recipe called for mozzarella and Gruyère cheeses as well as parsley and fresh squeezed lemon as final seasonings.

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove the skin: Slice the top of the squash about 1/2-inch under the stem to create a flat edge. Repeat with the other end. Cut crosswise through the squash just above the bulb — cutting the squash into two pieces makes the peeling process easier. Note: I made only one pizza, so I only peeled the longer portion (the non bulb portion) of the butternut squash. Stand the squash (whichever piece you want to peel first) upright and, being careful not to slice off your fingers, run your knife down the sides of the squash removing the peel along the way. Repeat with bulb portion if desired. After peeling the bulb portion, cut it in half, scoop out seeds and discard. Cut the peeled squash crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. I used a mandoline, which saves time and creates uniform pieces, but using a knife works just fine, too.
2. Place the slices of squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, season with kosher salt to taste, toss to coat, redistribute onto sheet in one layer and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until fork tender.
3. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the garlic and add it to about 1/4 cup of olive oil. After rolling out a pizza round and placing it on a prepared baking sheet (see recipe above), brush dough with the garlic olive oil. (I spooned some of the oil into the center of the dough and then, using the back of my spoon, spread it over the dough to coat evenly.) Spread a thin layer of fresh ricotta over the garlic oil. Sprinkle with fresh thyme to taste. Top with baked squash slices. Top with grated Parmigiano. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, fry the sage. The book recipe does not give detailed instructions for this step, and after a few burnt batches of leaves, I turned to the internet for some advice. The sage leaves should take no longer than 5 seconds in hot oil to crisp up. I didn’t use a thermometer or a deep fryer, so it was a trial and error process, but I found that frying the leaves one at a time in a small sauté pan filled with a layer of canola oil worked well ultimately. I had to take the pan off the heat every so often, but once I got the hang of it, it was a simple process and well worth the effort — the crispy sage adds a really nice flavor.
5. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the crispy sage. Yum!

Yield: One 12-inch pizza

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Stuffed Delicata Squash

From Eating Well magazine

Ingredients:
2 small delicata squash, about 12 oz each, halved and seeded
6 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 cup bulgur
1 cup water
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz lean ground beef (90% or more)
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 cup nonfat or low fat plain yogurt
4 tsp toasted pepitas

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

2. Brush the cut sides of the squash with 2 tsp oil and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt. Place facedown on a large baking sheet. Bake until tender and browned on the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, bring bulgur and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Drain well.

4. Heat the remaining 4 tsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef, chili powder, and the remaining 1/4 tsp salt; cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until the meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bulgur and cook 1 minute. Stir in yogurt.

5. Spoon about 3/4 cup filling into each squash half. Serve sprinkled with pepitas.

Serves 4, 1/2 squash each.

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Roasted Delicata Squash

Ingredients:
2 delicata squash
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Clean the delicata squash by running under warm water and scrubbing away dirt with your hands. If there are any hard spots on the squash, you can scrape them off with a butter knife.
With a sharp knife, cut delicata in half lengthwise. With a spoon scoop out the seeds and discard. Cut each delicata half into 1/2 inch segments, creating moon-shaped pieces that have slight bumps around the curve.

Arrange the pieces in a single layer in a baking pan and coat in 2 tbsp olive oil Salt gently. Place in oven and roast 10 minutes. Using a spatula flip the squash, and continue roasting, turning every 7-10 minutes until both sides of the squash pieces are golden brown and the texture is creamy to the teeth all the way through, about 25-30 minutes. Adjust salt.

Serve as a side dish.

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Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Tomatoes and Rosemary

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
Kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, seeds removed, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (or more to taste)
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
Dash dried pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven 450 degrees.

Carefully slice spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, discard. Place squash cut side down on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until they can be easily pierced with a pairing knife. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Using a fork, scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Season with ½ teaspoon of coarse sea salt.

In a food processor combine 1 cup of the chopped tomatoes, the rosemary, garlic, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon salt, and olive oil. Puree until smooth.

In a large bowl combine the spaghetti squash, chopped tomatoes, and tomato puree. Taste and add additional salt to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese.

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Creamy Winter Squash Soup

Ingredients:
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
2 small garlic cloves, minced (2 teaspoons)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 stems fresh rosemary
4 fresh sage leaves
2 pounds buttercup, butternut, Hubbard, or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch cubes
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
3 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock, plus more if needed

Directions:
Melt butter in a medium stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Place rosemary and sage on a small square of cheesecloth, and tie with kitchen string. Stir in the herb sachet, squash, potatoes, stock, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes. Discard herb sachet. Let cool slightly.

Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. Adjust to desired consistency with stock or water. (Soup can be made up to 2 days ahead; warm over low heat.) Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with croutons.

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Winter Squash Puree

From Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters

If you’re not accustomed to eating winter squash, this is a quick and easy side dish that brings out the sweet flavor.

Ingredients:
2 pounds winter squash
salt and pepper
4 cloves garlic
6 sage leaves (optional)
1/4 pound unsalted butter
3/4 cup milk

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cut the squashes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds, season the flesh with salt and pepper, and fill the cavities with the garlic cloves, peeled, and the sage leaves. Place the squashes skin side down, in a shallow ovenproof dish, and add just enough water to barely cover the bottom, to prevent burning.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until completely tender. Allow to cool. Remove and discard the garlic and sage.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter in the milk over a low flame. Scoop the squash flesh out of the skin and put through a food mill or a ricer. Whisk in the milk and butter to give a soft texture to the purée. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Serves 4-6.

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Spaghetti Squash and Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons sliced black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance.

Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until tomatoes are warm. Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash, and place in a medium bowl.

Toss with the sauteed vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.

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“Spaghetti Sauce” using Butternut Squash

This recipe come from former farm crew members Josh and Bri. I’ve given you the ingredients and general directions, but you’ll have to figure out proportions for yourself.

Ingredients:
Butternut squash
Tomatoes
Garlic
Balsamic oil
Olive oil
Yogurt

Directions:
1. Cut tomatoes into quarters and place in a baking dish.

2. Peel squash, remove seeds, and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a baking dish.

3. Peel paper off garlic and find a spot for it in your pan(s).

4. Drizzle olive oil over everything.

5. Roast until the surface of the squash looks crisp and when a fork inserted reveals its soft. The tomatoes sometimes need a bit more time to pull out all the flavor.

6. Remove from oven and mash all ingredients together, stirring in a bit of balsamic oil, olive oil and yogurt to taste.

7. Enjoy your creamy sauce on top of some pasta!

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze

Any hard-shelled winter squash can be prepared this way, as long as the squash wedges have a cavity to hold the butter and maple syrup. Serve with pork chops, roast chicken, or roast duck.

Ingredients:
1 acorn squash, about 2 ½ pounds
Kosher or sea salt
4 tsp unsalted butter
4 tsp maple syrup
¼ cup water

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. With a cleaver or heavy chef’s knife, cut across the top of the squash to remove the stem, then quarter the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds and stringy fibers in the seed cavity.

2. Put the squash quarters, cavity side up, in a bakinG dish just large enough to hold them comfortably. Season the squash with salt, then put 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp maple syrup in each cavity. Pour the water into the baking dish, then cover the dish and bake until the squash is tender when pierced, about 45 minutes.

3. Pour any juice from the squash-cavities in to the baking dish, then transfer the squash quarters to a serving platter. Transfer all the juices from the baking dish into a small pan and place over high heat. Cook until reduced to a syrup, then spoon the syrup over the squash. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. The squash is best when it is not piping hot.

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Buttercup squash with apples

From http://www.bettycrocker.com

Ingredients:
1 small buttercup or other winter squash (1 pound)
1/2 cup chopped tart cooking apple
2 tsp. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions:
Heat oven to 400°. Cut squash in half; remove seeds and fibers. Place squash halves, cut side up, in ungreased baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients; spoon into squash halves. Cover and back 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender.

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Buttercup squash casserole

From http://www.food.com

Ingredients:
1 (2 1/2 lb) buttercup squash
2 tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1⁄4 tsp. salt
1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tbsp. butter or 2 tbsp. margarine
1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
1⁄8 tsp. ground nutmeg, if desired

Directions:
Heat oven to 350°F Cut squash into quarters; remove seeds. In ungreased shallow baking pan, place pieces, cut sides down. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly.
Spray 1-quart casserole with cooking spray. Scoop squash pulp from skin; place in medium bowl. Discard skin. Add brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and butter to squash. Mix with potato masher or fork until well blended. Spoon into casserole. Sprinkle with chives and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot.

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Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

From The Practical Produce Cookbook by Ray and Elsie Hoover

Ingredients:
2 acorn squash
1 lb. bulk sausage
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
3/4 cup stale bread crumbs
1 cup grated cheese

Directions:
Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place squash cut side down in a baking pan. Add 1/4 to 1/2-inch water and bake at 375º for 35 minutes. Meanwhile brown sausage and remove from pan. Drain off all but 2 tbsp. drippings. Saute onion and celery in the drippings about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in bread cubes. Quickly stir in sausage and cheese. Put into lightly salted squash cavities and bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes.

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Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

From The Practical Produce Cookbook by Ray and Elsie Hoover

Ingredients:
1 medium acorn squash
3 tbsp. melted butter, divided salt
1 baking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon juice

Directions:
Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place squash, cut side down in a baking pan. Add 1/4 to 1/2-inch water and bake at 375º for 35 minutes. Turn cut side up and brush cut surfaces and cavities with butter. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Divide chopped apple evenly into squash cavities. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples. Sprinkle lemon juice and remaining butter over the apples. Reduce heat to 350º and bake 30 minutes. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

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Winter Squash with Quinoa and Cherries

Recipe from the HomeGrown Co-op
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 winter squashes, washed (try this with acorn, butternut, thelma sanders for best results)
Olive oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1/4 cup dried tart cherries or dried cranberries, preferably halved
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, preferably toasted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds and membrane. Rub skin and cut edge with oil. Place squash face-down on a baking dish (preferably one with sides as high as the squash halves) and bake for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the quinoa, return to a boil and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until liquid cooks away. Stir in the fruit, nuts, maple syrup, butter and cinnamon.
Mound the quinoa mixture in the squash halves. Cover with foil and bake for another 15 minutes.

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Zuppa di Zucca Gialla {Winter Squash Soup}
Recipe from domenicacooks.com

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds bonbon squash (or other winter squash such as butternut, buttercup, or kabocha), peeled and cut into chunks
1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 yellow onions, cut into chunks
3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 cups chicken broth, plus more for thinning the soup
1 batch pancetta croutons, made with 6 oz. pancetta cut into 3/4 inch dice

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425º. In a roasting pan, combine the squash, carrots, onions, garlic, thyme, basil and parsley. Season with 1 tsp. salt and a grinding of pepper. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and toss to coat. Roast, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and browned in spots, about 45 minutes.

Remove the vegetables from the oven and discard the thyme sprigs. Transfer the vegetables to a soup pot and add 4 cups of the broth. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Alternately, transfer to a stand blender, puree the soup with the broth in two batches and return to the pot.

Add more broth to thin the soup to the desired consistency. Place over medium low heat and cook until warmed through, about 10 minutes.

While the soup is warming, make the pancetta croutons. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with a few of the pancetta croutons, drizzle with a few drops of olive oil and serve.

Wine suggestions: A crisp white such as Soave Classico.

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Coconut Crusted Acorn (or Jester) Squash
Recipe from Runningtothekitchen.com

Ingredients:
1 Acorn (or Jester) squash
1/3 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. minced rosemary
salt and pepper
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp. coconut oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425º. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place a cooling rack on top. Cut the squash into rounds and remove the seeds. I peeled the rounds as well. Combine the dry ingredients in a dish. Combine the wet ingredients in a shallow bowl and warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds to get the coconut oil to melt. Coat each squash round first in the wet mixture and then the dry mixture and place on rack. Drizzle with olive oil or spray with cooking spray before baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flip rounds and drizzle with more olive oil before baking for another 15-20 minutes.
Note: I made a sauce combining sriracha and BBQ sauce for a spicy kick.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Slider with Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Sriracha Mayo
Recipe from veganricha.com

Ingredients:
dinner rolls or slider buns

For the roasted squash:
2 cups cubed, roasted butternut squash or other squash
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt, pepper, italian herbs to taste

For the sriracha mayo:
1 tbsp. sriracha or garlic chile sauce
4 tbsp. vegan mayo

For the balsamic caramelized onions:
2 tsp. oil
1 cup sliced onion
1/4 tsp. sugar
a generous pinch of salt
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions:
Prep the buns/rolls. Toast lightly if needed. I used my Spelt Rye Sorghum Kamut Barley Multigrain rolls. Top the roll with lettuce or baby greens, tomato slices (optional). Heat up a pan with a tsp. of extra virgin olive oil and toss the roasted butternut cubes in salt, pepper and herbs of choice (I used parsley) for a minute to heat it all up. You can also serve it cold tossed in salt and herbs. Use cubed or sliced. If you don’t have roasted squash, slice the raw squash and place in a large greased pan on medium heat. Flip the slices after 6-8 minutes, sprinkle salt, pepper, herbs and cook until tender. Top with balsamic or plain caramelized onions. Drench the whole tower in as much or as little of the sriracha/hot sauce mayo. Top with the other half of the roll.

For sriracha mayo: add 1 tbsp. (or more to taste) of sriracha or hot sauce in 4-5 tbsp. of veganaise or home made mayo like this one or sriracha/hot sauce mixed in cashew cream. Mix and use.

For caramelized onions: add enough extra virgin olive oil or other oil of choice to coat a pan, heat on medium and cook sliced onion for 10 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp. sugar (for a 1/2 cup of sliced onion) and a few drops of water. Mix and keep cooking on low-medium heat, partially covered, stirring every 6-8 minutes, until golden brown. If the onions start to stick or burn, add some water. For balsamic onions, add balsamic vinegar (1/2 tsp. or more to taste for 1/2 cup onion) and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

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Easy Butternut Squash Ravioli
Recipe from allrecipes.com

*These would be great to make a big batch and freeze for later!*

Ingredients:
1 cup mashed, cooked butternut squash
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 16 oz. package round wonton wrappers
2 tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, peeled
chopped fresh sage to taste
1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

Directions:
Place cooked squash into a mixing bowl. Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir in mascarpone cheese, egg yolk and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, mixing until the filling is smoothly combined. Place a wonton wrapper onto a working surface. Wet the tip of a finger in water and run it all along the other edge of the wonton skin to moisten. Place about 1 tsp. of filling in the center of the wonton. Fold the wonton in half to make a half moon shape and press the edges to seal. Repeat with the remain wonton wrappers. Place a deep skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in butter and unpeeled clove of garlic. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Drop the filled raviolis into the boiling water, a few at a time and cook until they float to the top, about 2 minutes. Drain the raviolis and transfer them to the skillet. Turn the heat under the skillet up to medium-high and cook until the raviolis are infused with garlic flavor, about 2 or 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with chopped sage, more black pepper and extra Parmesan cheese to taste.

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