November 10, 2012

(Old Mother) Hubbard Squash

The past two weeks have been a weather nightmare here and we are all in need of a little comfort.  For me, that usually comes in the form of something warm from the oven.   This particular time, the oven also served as  heat for my apartment.  I had purchased a perfect little Hubbard squash and since I had lost my heat it seemed an opportune time to do something with it.

If you have never had Hubbard squash before, you are in for a treat. The flesh is slightly drier than acorn or butternut and it is a bit earthier in flavor. The bluish-gray color and deep orange flesh is beautiful and makes for a striking contrast.

Any kind of roasted squash is, for me, the perfect fall food and if you are the type that likes to change up for your holiday menu this would be a great addition to the meal.  As I have professed before on this very blog, I am NOT the type to change my menu, but adding to it is absolutely permissible. 

So while we are all getting back on track here in NYC and for my friends just getting back into their homes,  we should offer a bit of comfort to those who need it.  Whether it be as simple as a hug, a warm bed or a hot meal and perhaps it may come in the form of a little Hubbard squash.

Stuffed Hubbard Squash
  • 1 Hubbard Squash, halved and cleaned
  • 1 cup wild & long grain rice blend
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 2 handfuls baby kale
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut off a small piece from the outside of the squash so you will have a flat surface to prevent it from rolling over once you stuff it with the filling.   Lightly oil inside of squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place squash on lightly oiled sheet pan, cut side down (inside), and roast in oven for 30 - 40 minutes.
While squash is in oven, make the filling...

Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat, add onion and cook until translucent.  Add kale and saute for 2 minutes then add rice and stir to coat.  Let rice toast for a few minutes, add golden raisins, give it a quick stir and add chicken stock, salt & pepper, stir again and cover.

Let the filling simmer for about 20 minutes or until rice is cooked then remove from heat.
Remove squash from oven and carefully turn over. Turn oven down to 325 degrees. Fill each half, dot each with a little butter and put back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Share the other half with a friend.


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