Squash…and surprises

16 Oct

See that beautiful squash right up there?  That, my friends, is what is known as a “sweet meat squash.”  Ask me how I know this?  Because I grew it – intentionally by mistake. 😉  See, I was so excited this spring about getting my garden planted in my new raised garden beds that my husband made me, that I neglected to carefully mark everything I planted.  So when this bad boy came up, I could not for the life of me figure out what it was.  Hence, the picture you are now viewing.  I put it out there for all to see, trying to find someone who would recognize it in all it’s glory.  After endless searching, I finally figured it out.  Sweet.  Meat.  Squash. Why do you care?  Because it is delicious, I tell you.  Delicious.  Better than pumpkin.  No joke.  Both my husband and my father-in-law termed it “the best squash they’ve ever had.”  So my “mystery squash” turned into a pleasant surprise.  We’ve been eating it just roasted, with a bit of butter, salt and pepper.  That’s all it needs.  However, the other night, I roasted up a bunch and we just weren’t getting to it as much as I’d like.  I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I went off of a similar recipe, and came up with this:

I’m calling it “Pumpkin Apple Crisp,” even though it’s really “Squash Apple Crisp.”  I figured not too many people would like the sound of squash and apples together in a crisp.  Even though, technically, pumpkin IS a squash.  Feel free to substitute pumpkin, if you’d like. 😉  Super easy, super good.

Pumpkin Apple Crisp

3 C cooked, mashed squash (or pumpkin ;))
1/2 C applesauce (I used homemade; you could also substitute 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced)
1/4 C brown rice syrup (or nasty, heavily processed light corn syrup – whatever suits your fancy. ;))
2 T lemon juice
3/4 C brown sugar
1 T arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
1/2 t salt
1-2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C oats
1/4 C brown sugar
4 T coconut oil (or 6 T butter)
~Mix together squash (pumpkin) and applesauce or apples; set aside.  In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Add to squash mixture, and place in a greased 9in deep dish pie plate, or 9x13in baking dish.
Combine topping ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle over squash.  Bake at 350, 35-40min, or until lightly browned. (if using apples instead of applesauce, bake until apples are tender)

There you go.  Let me know what you think.  Oh, and I have extra sweet meat seeds, if you’d like to try it out in next year’s garden.  Just leave me a comment, and I’ll get them to you, or I can let you know how to order some.  Enjoy!

This post was linked to: Simple Lives Thursday , Homestead Barn Hop and Snacktime Saturday


Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Squash…and surprises

  1. Deb Stennes

    October 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks, Barb! Can’t wait to try it! And save me a few seeds?? 😉

  2. Molly

    October 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Oh yummm….this is going on the MUST MAKE list! Don’t hate: there’s no brown rice syrup in this house but I could bust out the real-deal maple syrup just for the occasion. And have to sub a gf flour too but bless you, bless you for making this with coconut oil and not buttah!

  3. annie @ montanasolarcreations

    October 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    This looks so yummy! We would love for you to share this on Snacktime Saturday!

    • dwellinginthesecretplace

      October 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Annie. I was just checking out your blog the other day, and would be happy to share! Thank you! 🙂


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