I went to a local farm and garden center this past weekend. We got a haul of buttercup squash, acorn squash, and a cute little thing that my son asked me to get ….a Pokemon squash.
Of course he would be interested in a squash with the same name as a cartoon character. Hey, whatever makes kids choose and eat healthy food is fine with me 🙂
It was the first time I’d ever tried this type of squash, so I googled “Pokemon Squash”, and got results similar to the following picture…..
So I did what any member of the social network age would do….I posted a picture of the squash on my Facebook wall and my friend identified it as a Carnival or Sweet Dumpling squash. I found a recipe that looks really good at at Angie’s Recipes
and a similar one at So Hungry I Could Blog
I modified it slightly to suit my family’s taste. My kids love anything with Italian seasoning on it, so that is what I used instead of the rosemary. Also, I read in the description that it was a sweet squash, so I didn’t bother with the sugar. Plus, since it was the first time I was using this particular squash, I wanted to taste the flavor before experimenting with adding other, strong, flavors, so I omitted the garlic. After tasting it as I made it, I can see where the garlic would add something good so I might try it that way next time.
For the record, my son – and his baby sister – loved it. So did my husband. In fact, I forgot to snap a pic until my husband was about to take the last piece. I told him to wait a second, and I snapped the following pic quickly.
Savory Baked Winter Squash
1 Pokemon/Carnival/Sweet Dumpling Squash
4 strips turkey bacon,chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Cut Squash into halves. Scoop out seeds and squash guts, then cut each half into 2-3 wedges. Place cut side up on baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes.
Put bacon, olive oil, and seasoning, in a bowl. Stir a few times, then spoon mixture into the squash. Bake 30 minutes more.