Every season I find myself completely over the moon excited about one or two of the seasons best produce. Ok, if I’m being honest it’s typically more like five or six.
My kitchen table is over-run with Delicata squash. I can’t help myself. Everytime I’m at the market I think I need just one more Delicata… you know, just in case. Delicata have a slightly sweet, buttery taste that resembles a sweet potato… just a bit. Yum!
So now I’ve got to find multiple uses for my beautiful fall squash. Besides taking lots of pictures.
I love Delicata in stews or soups, roasted with big pieces of juicy chicken, stir fried with an assortment of other fall veggies and most of all I just love them simply roasted with a little Five Spice Powder and brown sugar.
Delicata are easy to prepare and make the most delicious side dish. Or, if you’re like me, I just eat them off the roasting pan while I’m making dinner. 🙂
Five Spice Roasted Delicata Squash
1 ½ – 2 lbs Delicata Squash
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons Five Spice Powder
2 tablespoons veggie oil or grapeseed oil
Salt and Pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
Mix together the brown sugar, five spice powder and oil until the brown sugar is mostly dissolved.
Wash the squash and then slice about ½ inch of each end. Slice down the center vertically and clean out the seeds in the squash with a spoon or small ice cream scoop.
Then slice the squash to make little half moons.
Put the slices in a bowl and toss with the Five Spice Powder, brown sugar and oil.
Layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper.
Roast on 400F for about 20-30 minutes or until nice and fork tender.
This little dish can be served piping hot or at room temp. Leftovers store easily in the frig for about 3 days. Great for midnight snacking!