You might be asking, what the heck is a delicata squash?
Or maybe that was just me, last week, at the grocery store. It’s not often I run into an ingredient I’m wholly unfamiliar with, so of course I grabbed one and started researching online to figure out how to cook the thing.
I finally decided to saute, because I roast squash all the time and needed to shake things up a bit. I added some orange juice for sweetness because you guys, delicata, though it looks like a winter squash, is more closely related to summer squashes – and it’s not sweet. It’s more like a zucchini in taste, with a heavier mouthfeel. Then some cayenne, because I wanted some heat. Finally, some toasted pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds) for some crunch and texture.
Feel free to experiment with the cayenne. If you’re sensitive to heat, start with less than 1/8 of a teaspoon. If you like it hot, well, you know what to do.
Delicata squash is amazing served up with some grilled pork chops – a perfect fall side.