|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The carnival squash is a hybrid of the sweet dumpling squash and the acorn squash. It's an attractive variety with a combination of orange, yellow, and green (depending on maturity) stripes and speckles on a cream-colored skin. Much like butternut squash, carnival squash is nutty and sweet in flavor. You only need to season it lightly with salt, pepper, and a little butter, but it is also delicious sprinkled with a little brown sugar or a drizzling of maple syrup before cooking, which can be done in the oven or the slow cooker. The baked squash takes less time, but the slow cooker is convenient if you need the oven for other dishes.
- 2 carnival squash
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted) or olive oil
- Dash kosher salt
- Dash freshly ground black pepper
- Optional: brown sugar and/or maple syrup
Cut off the ends of the squash and slice it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. If desired, slice the halves in half again.
Brush each cut side with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If desired, sprinkle with a little brown sugar and/or drizzle with maple syrup.
Slow Cooker Method:
Butter the inside of the slow cooker.
Layer the carnival squash halves (or quarters) cut-side up in the slow cooker. Add about 1/3 cup of water to the bottom of the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the squash is fork-tender.
Serve as is or scoop the squash out of the skins and mash before serving.
Heat the oven to 375 F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Place the carnival squash halves (or quarters) on the baking sheet cut-side up.
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until tender.
Is the Skin of Carnival Squash Edible?
Once cooked, the skin of the carnival squash is safe to eat and offers a nice contrast to the soft and tender flesh. Keep in mind that squash that has been harvested later in the season will have a tougher exterior compared to a younger variety. If you choose not to eat the skin, the easiest way to peel the squash is to cook it first, as the ridges will make it very difficult to peel when it is raw.
How to Store Carnival Squash
Carnival squash should be stored in a cool, dark place where it will last for one to three months. Cut-up or cooked squash will keep for five to seven days in the refrigerator.