The spirit of fall makes an early entrance in today as we celebrate National Acorn Squash Day, a little-known holiday the encourages us to gorge on gourds, which by the way, just happen to be an excellent source of potassium! Small, but mighty, the acorn squash may not be the most popular member of the gourd family (it's hard growing up in the shadows of Butternut), though, it conquers the tumultuous dinner table all the same. Here are scrumptious recipes fresh from the virtual vine guaranteed to get you in the mood for fall.
Blogger Lacey, the driving force behind A Sweet Pea Chef, puts down the peas to bring us this mouthwatering recipe for Roasted Acorn Squash Soup. This colorful concoction is as lively as its orangish hue suggests, combining the unexpected flavors of cayenne, ginger, sage and granny smith apples for a sweet and spicy soup du jour.
On a spicier note, Indian Simmer's recipe for Acorn Squash with Fenugreek Seeds offers an exotic and flavorful culinary experience with this exquisite take on a traditional Indian dish. While Prerna, the mastermind behind this creation, may have been hard pressed to find an Indian pumpkin at a local grocer, she certainly pulls it off by introducing its modest American cousin to the mix.
There's no suffering in this succotash save for the innocent vegetables that gave their lives so that we could have one delicious meal. This recipe for Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Succotash from 6 in the Morningside is a little bit summery and a little bit fall-ish, making it the perfect recipe to ease us back into fall and stovetop cooking. This savory recipe takes advantage of the acorn squash's convenient size and shape to create a fully edible, fully function bowl in which to stash the 'tash.
Since this post has been a little heavy on the veggies, I thought I'd throw this one in for the meat lovers: Roasted Stuffed Acorn Squash. Primal Prairie Cupboard appeals to our rustic side with this beef-stuffed squash recipe that seems like an autumnal answer to stuffed peppers.
Well, there you have it a smashing squashing good time! And all you needed was a few squashes, a dash of this and that and an appetite for fall.