Like a lot of squash varieties, the delicata has many aliases. You might have heard it called the peanut squash, the sweet potato squash, or even the Bohemian squash, but the delicata squash’s most commonly-used name is probably the most apt. The thick but oh-so-delicate skin is actually edible, making the squash perfect for roasting whole or making into a batch of unique delicata fries.
The flesh of the delicata squash is some of the tastiest in the squash world. The flavor is creamy and sweetish, with a taste that calls to mind both corn and sweet potatoes. The seeds are also edible, and can be roasted for snacks or used in recipes in the same manner as pumpkin seeds.
Compared to other squash varieties, the delicata squash is a more recent entry into the culinary world. While it was introduced in 1894, it didn’t catch on for many decades, mostly due to the delicate skin, which made it tricky to transport or store over longer periods of time.
Because the delicata squash doesn’t store as well as hardier varieties, you’ll want to cook it as soon as you are able. Luckily, the squash lends itself well to a variety of recipes. It’s delicious steamed, baked, pureed or stuffed. Choose one of these hand-picked gourmet recipes to fully experience the delicata’s sweet, nutty flavor.
Delicata Squash Recipes
Delicata fries with avocado mayonnaise recipe
The delicate skin that gives the delicata squash its name makes it perfect for making into fries. The squash slices easily and the skin is even edible. These subtly spicy delicata fries are seasoned with chili and lime and served with a creamy, sumptuous avocado mayo.
Roasted delicata squash with quinoa salad recipe
From Food & Wine magazine comes this savory squash recipe that can serve as a hearty side dish or a vegetarian main course. The quinoa salad (made fresh with apples and mint) is served inside the squash for a beautiful presentation.
Roasted delicata squash stuffed with white beans, greens and sage recipe
This stuffed squash recipe makes a gorgeous presentation and is loaded with Fall flavors, from the garlicky white beans to the savory sage. Use whatever greens you like — kale, collards, spinach, or whatever is at hand.
Red curry delicata squash with tofu recipe
The flavor of delicata squash blends surprisingly well with the aromatic spices of Southeast Asia. This recipe includes a homemade red curry paste that’s top-notch, but if pressed for time, make it easier by using a commercial version.
Roasted delicata squash salad
Not a salad in the traditional sense, this recipe is a warm dish with even warmer flavors (from miso and harissa paste). The mix of potatoes, delicata squash, kale, and radish would make an unexpected side dish for a crisp roasted chicken.
Delicata squash with rosemary, sage, and cider glaze recipe
From the folks at Epicurious comes this nice switch-up from glazed carrots, but with peanut squash in a sweet and savory glaze.
Nut-stuffed delicata squash recipe
This stuffed squash recipe uses four kinds of nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and pine nuts) and herbs and spices that blend to make a savory mixture that many say tastes unusually like sausage. Try this one as a vegetarian main dish.
Delicata squash and gruyere dip recipe
Perhaps one of the more unusual recipes starring the peanut squash, this recipe transforms the Fall veggie into a sweet and savory dip with the addition of creamy gruyere. Serve it as a Thanksgiving starter, or as a party appetizer.
Delicata squash soup with pears and shallots recipe
Leave it to Saveur to come up with a soup this decadent. The combination of pears and delicata would be blissful enough, but ingredients like maple syrup and creme fraiche take it into gourmet-land.
Delicata squash salad with kale and cranberry beans recipe
Whole Living created this healthful, but delicious salad with lots of fresh kale and hearty white beans, for a dish that makes a super side, but could work just as well as a light main course.
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