This is the second vegetarian entrée option for your Thanksgiving meal…or any other time. Last week I posted a Roasted Acorn Squash recipe. Take your pick or serve both and let your guests choose. They are terrific. An obvious but unappreciated upside to stuffing and baking squashes is as the ingredients cook gently inside, they infuse their flavors into the gourd’s flesh, and the dish becomes more than the sum of its parts.
Kabocha squash are available year round. The flavor and texture of the Japanese pumpkin is likened to that of a sweet potato crossed with a pumpkin and sweeter than butternut squash. You can easily recognize a kabocha by its dark green color with some celadon colored strips and a dull surface. Similar in shape to a pumpkin, it is a bit more squat, has a very short grey stem and is denser than a pumpkin because of its smaller cavity. The firm flesh inside is an intense yellow-orange color. Sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes, are an edible knobby looking tuber, which look a lot, like ginger root. They grow underground, much like a potato. You do not need to peel them; the skin is edible. Simply scrub them clean under cold running water with a stiff brush. They taste slightly nutty, and savory like a cross between an artichoke heart and the best potato you’ve ever had.If you have not tasted Tallegio cheese, you are in for a treat. It is a semi-soft Italian cheese that has a strong aroma but its flavor is comparatively mild with a buttery, fruity taste. The texture is moist to oozy. Spread any leftovers on bread and enjoy. If you have to substitute, I would recommend a strong Limburger, Fontina or Gruyere.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (77g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 183 (66%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 20.3g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 7.2g||36 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2g|
|Cholesterol 22.9mg||7 %|
|Sodium 244.2mg||8 %|
|Potassium 58.9mg||2 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 20.3g||6 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.3g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 19g|
|Protein 3.8g||5 %|
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Calories per serving: 277
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