Delicata is easy to prepare vinous winter squash that is smaller than other winter squashes. It is usually yellow or cream coloured with green stripes and a very thin skin that doesn’t require peeling.
It has a considerably richer taste and high nutritive value. The fact is it can be prepared without any hassles makes it very popular among people. There are several recipes for its preparation, and you may suit yourself according to your taste. Here are some of the recipes:
1. Miso Sesame Winter Squash
This dish is a riff of all the delicata squash dishes and comes with a sappily sweet yet salty flavour. The palate is balanced to a good measure by citrus-spiked lemon juice and a swish of pure maple syrup. It may be topped by sesame seeds, lemon wedges or basil flowers to enrich the flavour beautifully.
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2. Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel, and Apple Relish
A light and a simple yet delicious dish such as this is enough to make your day. It is one of the easiest squash recipes fusing the lightness of crisp roasted and salted delicata squash with the delicious flavours of fennel, apple relish and currant.
The rings may be topped with a dash of roasted delicata seeds with a backdrop of cumin, salt and cayenne pepper.
The half moon delicata rings and crisp-edged kale derive their taste from maple syrup, fennel and ground nutmeg. Smoked red pepper, cinnamon and cayenne further enhance the richness of the taste and texture of the dish. The crispy yet soft feel of the delicata along with the flavors makes it very savory and appetizing.
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4. Roasted Delicata-Squash Salad
Golden crusted delicata squash atop radishes, potatoes, chopped kale and almonds are just a few degrees shy of oblivion. The entire preparation is so full of lip smacking colors that it looks like a palate sized chaotic remains of a rainbow. The sublime flavor is balanced by a few drops of tangy lemon juice that dilute the spices.
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5. Roasted Vegetable Orzo
The dish is prepared on an overly healthy base of orzo and whole wheat. The squash rings are besmeared with a mix of salt and olive oil and roasted for an indulging crispy flavor. The cooked orzo and delicata are tossed in a mixture of yogurt, roasted garlic and sea salt and lastly coated with a dash of oregano, scallions and seeds. The overwhelming taste of this dish is beyond compare.
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6. Delicata Squash with Rosemary, Sage, and Cider Glaze
The several layers of flavor in the dish intensify its richness, while a tart-sweet glaze forms upon the golden roasted delicata, rendering it a pleasant finish. The butter mellows the flavor of the winter herbs and gives them a full flavored texture. Seasoned with pepper and sea salt, this platter is packed with and irresistible aroma that pulls out of your engagements within seconds.
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7. Chilli-Brown Sugar Delicata-Squash with Pears
This recipe might pass for the laziest yet unbelievably delectable winter squash preparation of all times. The mild sweetness of pears is fused with the creamy texture of the delicata squash while slowly roasting them together. The finale involves the glazing of the two with a tongue drooling mix of pepper, brown sugar and chilli while slowly heating them up in a pan. This light and flavorful dish are the ultimate winter squash recipe.
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This quick recipe demands absolutely zero cooking experience. Thinly cut delicata squash arcs are firstly steamed individually without adding any flavours.
It should then be tossed with sliced almonds, apricots and dried cranberries. However, if you add any other dry fruits or nuts, it will do justice to the dish as much as apricots of cranberries.
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9. Delicata-Squash with Orange and Pistachios
Here’s another simple delicata squash recipe that can be prepared within a minute, minus the hassles. Thin slices of the squash are firstly sautéed a little olive oil and orange juice and zest. The sweet, tangy flavour is topped up with coarsely ground pistachios. The delicacy is ready to serve.
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The delicata squash is popular amongst people primarily because of its health benefits and also because preparing it involves no inconvenience. The first step is to wash the squash properly to remove any dirt. Both the ends of the vegetable are sliced, and a knife is used to scrape off any seeds that are lodged within the vegetable.
The skin being very thin, it is not compulsory to peel the squash, neither does it leave any bad taste upon the tongue of the eater. It is then cut into 1.5 inch wide rings. It may be micro waved, sautéed, steamed or baked depending upon the taste and requirements of the consumer.
The seeds may be disposed or may be roasted along with spices to sprinkle upon the dish right before consuming it. Winter squash being extremely popular has several recipes to its name. While mostly it is cut into rings or half moons for cooking, in an alternate recipe it is sliced into two halves and filled with vegetables and spices. You may experiment a bit with the preparation to suit your taste and needs.
Here are a few ways you may prepare your delicata squash:
Experiment and indulge yourself in this amazingly easy to cook yet healthy snack and come up with your own recipes and preparations of this vegetable.