Sunday, October 21, 2012

MY FAVORITE WINTER SQUASH RECIPES

Butternut and acorn squashes are great, but do yourself a favor.  Buy some hubbard or buttercup squash when you can.  You may pay more, but the flavor difference is so worth it.  Hubbard and buttercup squashes are darker orange in color inside, and flavors are more defined and intense.

SAVORY:

1. Caramelized Onion Winter Squash Mash  -- squash mash This has my highest rating because the flavors blend so beautifully.  The recipe yields two servings, but you can double or triple it if you have a larger family.

2. Fantastic Fennel Pumpkin SoupDSC02140 Thick and creamy, but with no cream used, it’s flavored with mushrooms and shaved Parmesan in addition to the fennel.  This is my absolute favorite pumpkin soup.

3. James Beard’s Pumpkin SoupDSC02251  Less is more with this soup.  Few ingredients are needed to bring out the creamy texture and mild taste of winter squash.  I love this soup.

4. Pumpkin Crab Soup -- pumpkin crab soup  Creamy and full of pumpkin and crab flavors, this is a delicious meal in itself.

5. Better Homes and Gardens Pumpkin Soup -- pumpkin soup_thumb[6] This one has more vegetables, just a bit of cream, and a wonderful flavor that will satisfy any pumpkin soup lover. 

6. Creamy Delicata SquashDSC00025 Flavored with nutmeg, parsley and mint, then topped with your choice of buttered crumbs or grated Parmesan, this one is a crowd pleaser that will prompt a request for the recipe.

SWEET:

7. Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip-Streusel Muffins -- pumpkin cc streusel muffins (2)_thumb[4] A very moist, modestly spiced, sweet pumpkin muffin studded with bittersweet chocolate chips and topped with a brown-sugar-cinnamon-pecan crumble -- in short, an over-the-top muffin that is sure to be your favorite.

8. Traditional Pumpkin Pie -- 003_thumb[1] This is one delicious pie – light, yet rich and creamy, with just enough sweetness and subtle spices to bring out the flavors of pumpkin and sweet potato.

9. Better Homes and Gardens Pumpkin Pie -- BHGPPie_thumb4 This ranks a close second to #7 above. 

And there you have it, nine of my best and highest-rated pumpkin recipes.  I’ll be adding to them throughout the coming year.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy.

5 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Where do you start with this list. they all look amazing. Onion and winter squash methinks is first on the list. Thanks for these Diane

Rosita Vargas said...

Excelentes recetas y gran elaboraciĆ³n me encantan,ahugs,hugs.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I am a huge squash fan, I'm going to have to bookmark all these recipes! I just found out today that squash is classified as a fruit! Who knew!

Have a great one!

Mary

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful collection of recipes! The pumpkin and crab soup sounds really lovely.

Christin said...

I think I'm going to have to try that caramelized onion winter squash mash! Looks fantastic!