“Dare something worthy.”
I’m not sure if the following recipe is worthy, but I dared myself to try something new.
I recently baked a delicata squash, after I found out that there’s no need to peel and discard the peels, and enjoyed this as a delicious side dish. Then another delicata squash magically appeared in my kitchen. This time I wanted to do something different.
Meanwhile, I placed a lonely spinach chicken sausage into the freezer because I wasn’t in the mood to eat it. And as my mind was scrambling to find something new to do with the squash, I happened upon numerous recipes for Thanksgiving stuffed squash. Eureka! or something like that. What if I put the sausage into the squash and bake it?
I split and de-seeded the squash. Then I took the frozen sausage, which was easy to slice in its frozen condition, and placed the slices in a lovely pattern down the center of the squash. This one sausage became dinner for two!
A rather pathetic looking offering at this point, but hope springs eternal.
I covered the baking dish with foil and put it in the oven at 395 degrees. I didn’t add any liquid to the pan. However, I decided to check the project at 30 minutes. At that time the sausage was looking interesting and the squash was looking bored. That picture was not worth 1000 words so I decided to spare you the image. I added a splash of broth to the dish.
I set the timer for another 30 minutes and decided to clean out my food cupboard. After 30 minutes the squash was soft and lovely and my food cupboard was organized. Still, not an interesting looking offering. Eureka, again! I remembered some grilled onions that were in the fridge and gave them a few minutes in a pan with the squash. The resulting dish looked like this.
I tucked a little broccoli next to this delicata creation and the whole thing was a taste delight. The moral of the story, as if we need more morals – don’t be afraid to try new combinations. Rely on your intuition. I’ve been doing it for years and it’s helped keep company to a minimum. Win win!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.