Friday, November 19, 2010

Sweet Dumpling Squash and Carnival Squash

Carnival Squash (larger) and Sweet Dumpling
Baked Sweet Dumpling Squash
*I was introduced to Sweet Dumpling squash this fall and it has become on of my favorite.  To cook it fast and easy use the microwave.  Keep the squash whole, poke all over with a fork, and microwave at full power approximately 3 to 5 minutes (depending on size).  Serve plain or use a bit of butter with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

This recipe bakes the squash, but the amounts and times I list are adjusted to better reflect our taste.
1 t butter
pinch of nutmeg
sprinkle of cinnamon
few drops of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the squash in half and remove seeds with a spoon. Use a fork to poke several holes in the outside skin of each half of the squash. Place squash in baking pan with hollow side up. Add 1" of water to bottom of pan.  Place butter, nutmeg and cinnamon in the hollow of each squash half. Pour maple syrup on each.  Bake uncovered on middle rack for 30-45 minutes or until the flesh is soft.  Serve hot.  

Number of Servings: 2
Baked Carnival Squash
Carnival Squash recipe
When preparing in an oven, the squash can be cooked whole or cut in half lengthwise from the stem to the bottom. Place the squash with the skin side down in a dish containing 1/2 inch of water. Cover the dish and bake for 1/2 to 3/4 hour at 375 degrees. In a microwave, cook for approximately 20 minutes in a dish with a loose cover of plastic wrap.

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