I don't have enough fingers to count the number of times a grocery store clerk has interrogated me about my produce selections. "What are you going to do with that?" "How do you cook these?" "What is this?".
I get really excited about some of the rarer grocery store finds, and up until two years ago, delicata squash was one of those. It was a new discovery for most, and over and over at the check out line the cashier would want to know what I was doing with all of that delicata squash (Uh, yea, I was buying piles of it.).
Confession of the day: as an introvert, I avoid the chatty grocery store clerks. As an introvert, discussing my dinner while in the line at the grocery store is really not that fun. When they want to talk, I tend to bag faster. They probably think I'm always in a rush. It's not that I don't like them, or I don't want to be nice... it's just not the sort of social situation I seek out.
I also vaguely remember my mom trying to avoid chatty grocery clerks, so maybe it runs in the family. You know, the Gosh-Why-Are-You-Talking-To-Me? Gene. 😉
But sometimes good things come from chatting in the grocery store line, like new friends, new recipes, and really good dinners. Case in point: this squash.
It was just recently that I grocery store clerk to me about her recent farm dinner, where they served delicata squash (yes, I was buying a lot of delicata squash at the time) roasted with a bit of orange juice. My curiosity was piqued. I never would've paired the two together, but suddenly I had to.
If I wasn't already regretting avoiding all of the chatting at the grocery store for social reasons, my first bite of this locked it into stone.
Serves: 4 | Total Time:
- 2 small delicata squash, halved with seeds removed
- 1 orange
- 6 sprigs thyme
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Option: Drizzle honey
- Preheat oven to 475°F. Place the halved squash flesh side up in a pyrex baking dish.
- Juice the orange, and divide evenly among the squash, pouring it into the cavity.
- Drizzle with a bit of honey (more if your orange was not very sweet — do this according to your preferences).
- Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Divide the thyme evenly amongst the squash, place sprigs in each one.
- Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes, until squash is cooked through and orange juice is bubbling or evaporated. Squash should be browned and crispy on edges.