As a squash that is relatively simple to prepare, delicata squash is a side dish that can go wonderfully with an ample amount of different meats. With its mild and sweet flavor, it can be cooked in a variety of ways to ensure that it sufficiently complements the rest of your meal. Whether by steaming, microwaving, or even roasting, there is always a simple method for preparing this delicious side.
Step 1: Preparation
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking dish. You will want to coat the baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray or a butter to ensure that the squash does not stick to the surface while being roasted. You can also consider using a non-stick aluminum foil if you do not have the materials necessary to spray the baking dish.
Step 2: Cut
Cut the squash into quarters or halves with the use of a sharp knife. Once the squash has been cut in half, remove all of the seeds and any of the fiber before you place it into the baking tray. For the best results, you can use a serrated knife as it will allow you have better control while you are cutting.
Step 3: Season
You will now want to rub the entire squash with butter and this can sometimes be simpler if you use your hands. Take a dollop of butter per square of squash and apply it generously to the cut parts of the delicata squash. For better results, allow the butter to soften on the counter for approximately 15 minutes.
Step 4: Add Some Extra Spice
In order to season the squash effectively, make sure that you use salt to taste. Generally you will want to be quite liberal with the salt, but about 1 tbsp for the entire squash is a reasonable amount. If you are interested in having a sweeter dish, consider using brown sugar alongside the salt.
Step 5: Cook
When you are ready to begin cooking the delicate squash, you will want to leave it in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until you can easily cut through the skin and the flesh with a butter knife. It is also important to remember that the top should be relatively brown in color. If you have the time, consider roasting it at an even lower temperature (350 degrees Fahrenheit) as this will make it even more tender.