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How to Cook Delicata Squash in the Oven

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Cook Delicata Squash in the Oven
Delicata squash sitting next to a red and white pumpkin. Photo Credit: rdparis22/iStock/Getty Images

Delicata is an oblong, cream-colored squash with dark green stripes running the length of the squash. The flesh is rich and creamy with a flavor similar to sweet potatoes. Nutritionally, Delicata squash, like all winter squash, provides plenty of dietary fiber, potassium, iron, vitamins A and C, folate and niacin. While winter squash is tasty prepared a variety of methods, baking is a good choice for Delicata squash because it preserves the nutrients and accentuates the sweet flavor.

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Step 1

Scrub the squash under cool water. Use a vegetable brush to remove soil.

Step 2

Place the squash on a cutting board and cut it in half lengthwise, using a long, sharp knife. Don't attempt to slice through the stem. Instead, make the cut slightly to one side of the stem.

Step 3

Scrape the seeds and pulp from the cavity, using a metal spoon.

Step 4

Cut each squash half into halves or thirds -- chunks large enough to serve one person.

Step 5

Heat oven to 375 F.

Step 6

Cover the bottom of a baking dish with 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water. Place the squash in the baking dish with the cut sides facing down.

Step 7

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake the squash until you can easily poke the skin with a fork -- about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the chunks.

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