Roasted Delicata Squash and Travel Induced Re-Awakening
Re-Awakened. That’s how I would describe the aftermath of traveling.
Even as aware as we try to be at home, it is easy to fall into our routines. We tend to focus on the familiar and filter out the rest. There is comfort and warmth in the familiar. However sometimes something exceptional is right under our noses and we never notice.
Yet when we travel, our senses are alive. Everything seems fresh and new. We seek out the different and exceptional. The heart and eyes are open at nearly every moment, ready for discovery. And after we get home from our travels, for a time, this sense of openly seeking stays with us, like the perfume of a beautiful woman just after she has left the room.
For us, in the culinary realm, this re-awakening has led us to discover Delicata Squash. I’m sure we’ve passed over them hundreds of times, never paying any attention to this cute little gourd.
But let’s face it, squash isn’t something most of us go nuts over. We may really enjoy a butternut squash soup or maybe a spaghetti squash dish, but squash usually doesn’t get the same reaction as summertime fruit.
“Oh my God! That peach was amazing!” Yeah, we’ve all said it. But how often will, “Can you believe this buttercup squash?!” escape our lips with the same eye rolling enthusiasm.
But life shouldn’t be all moaning and groaning. Sometimes a heartfelt, “Mmmmm…” is a nice change of pace. Plus, it helps give the moans a little more meaning. A bit of perspective.
Delicata squash is one of those, “Mmmmms”. After roasting, the flesh is tender and sweet. They have a wonderfully thin skin which needs no peeling or removing. The thin skin makes preparation easier than most winter squash, and after roasting it can be eaten with the flesh, providing another texture to contrast against the center.
You can use Delicata squash as a substitute for just about any other squash in your recipes, but to discover and appreciate it’s flavor and textures, we like a simple preparation. Slice and roast with a touch of rosemary, good olive oil, sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper.
It’s funny how one of the greatest rewards of traveling is gifted when you get back home.
Roasted Delicata Squash w/ Rosemary
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toss all ingredients on a sheet pan (squash, rosemary, garlic, olive oil, salt, & pepper). Spread the squash to be in a single layer.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until soft and slightly golden. Serve warm.