Winter Squash 101

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Fast and easy ways to serve winter squash everyone will love

Topping Ideas

Basic preparation for acorn squash or butternut squash:

  • Vent the squash by carefully poking holes with a small knife.
  • Steam the squash in the microwave for 2-5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • Cut the squash in half and remove and discard the seeds.
  • Cut the squash into wedges.

Create your favorite topping as suggested below. Then bake the squash in the oven, covered until it is soft, about 45 minutes (or microwave covered for 10 minutes):

  • Hot and spicy: Top with a little chili powder, lime juice, and olive oil.
  • Maple sweet: Top with maple syrup or honey and apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • Just the butter: Top with a tiny sliver of butter or margarine
  • Italian: Top with Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese

—- By Judy Doherty, BS, AOS, PC II

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