Wednesday, January 2, 2008

TT#17: Thirteen Ways to Use a Giant Squash




Hubby's parents grew squash in their garden this year, and the squash grew to enormous proportions. One of our boys brought one home for us, wearing it around his neck! I think it weighed over ten pounds. What's more, the folks have about thirty more just like it, and they are telling us, "Eat! Eat!"

Therefore, I am trying to become creative in ways to use squash. It's been interesting since we're not all that fond of squash, but money has been a little tight this winter, so free food is not to be scorned. These are ideas I have actually used, and we have liked. There are probably other ideas I haven't discovered yet, and if you know some, you are heartily invited to tell me about them. I still have at least 150 pounds of squash to use up!

I know this list would be a lot more interesting with pictures, but I just thought of it now, so I hadn't thought to photograph all the things I've cooked; and to accumulate photos starting now sounds daunting. So here's the list, plain and simple. You'll have to use your imaginations.

1. Shredded, and fried in butter, like hash browns. Incredibly good! (I thought this one up myself.)

2. Shredded or chopped, and sauteed with other vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, peppers, cabbage, or just about anything. Season and serve over rice.

3. Mashed, like potatoes.

4. Pureed, and added to macaroni and cheese. Makes the mac and cheese super creamy and colorful and filling.

5. Pureed, or shredded finely, and added to cake. Makes a very moist cake.

6. Sliced in rounds, brushed with oil, and baked.

7. Pureed, in potato soup (or cauliflower soup). Makes the soup pretty and tasty.

8. Chunked, and added to vegetable soup.

9. Substituted for pumpkin in pumpkin pie.

10. Pureed, and used for the liquid in biscuits.

11. Stuffed. I guess haven't done this with the enormous squashes we have this year, but I suppose you could just put a pile of stuffing on top of a thick slice of squash and bake it.

That's it. But here's a couple more ideas I bet I could use if we get tired of actually EATING the squash.

12. Use a whole one for a door stop. Or as a decoration, as part of an arrangement. I could even paint a face or design on it...

13. Cut in chunks as spud gun ammo.

46 comments:

Yuriko said...

Sounds yummy! Now I'm getting hungry!

Lara Angelina said...

Great TT! I've seen some squash that are so big you could use them as a lethal weapon!!
Happy 2008!

Gattina said...

I didn't know what "squash" meant, lol,because I only know the word for sport, now I know and it sounds delicious what you all can make out of it !

damozel said...

I don't think I could EVER get tired of squash! Mmmm, squash.

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MamaArcher said...

e are some great ideas and ones I would try IF I actually liked squash! :o)

Cheerio said...

Don't like squash so much but your lists seems to be interesting. Maybe I should try it sometime.
Thanks for the visit.

Brenda ND said...

Hmm. I've never had squash, but hey, you make me want to try it.

Qtpies7 said...

I like the spud gun ammo idea!
My family is not big on squash, so I gave up years ago. I think some of these ideas would be great, like the mac and cheese one.

jennwa said...

Who knew there was so much to do with a squash? Wow! Great list.

JaniceNW said...

I have to say yuck. Except the spud gun. I have managed to avoid allowing my boys a spud gun....they're 16 and 19 and maybe they've lost interest now. After all, it's not a thing they can use to attract females. ;)

JoAnn said...

My husband is the only person in the family who likes squash. I can handle zuccini. My kids love zuccini bread but that's it. Maybe I'll have to try a few of your ideas to see if I can get some of the nutrition squash provides into our diet. What kind of squash are you using?

Morgan Leigh said...

Can't you use it in lasagna? Or is that some other veggie? Hmmm...

:) Sounds like fun and good meals. :) Happy TT!

mom huebert said...

joann-- I don't know exactly what kind they are, but they look a lot like a hubbard squash that has been stretched out to three or four times the normal length and curved. So I imagine any hubbard would do. Maybe ANY kind would work, I don't know.

Like you, I actually prefer zucchini, but it's amazing what you can do when you try!

mom huebert said...

morgan--squash in lasagna? Hm. I'd like to try it.

Patti said...

My MIL used squash in lasagna. She thought it was eggplant .. don't ask! It was actually quite tasty! :)

Your list sounds yummy! So far my boys haven't shown interest in a spud gun. Yea!

Sherrie said...

I love squash. Love love love! And the fried version with hash browns is one I have not tried. yum yum.

I also love the name of your blog. ;-) My little chocolate monster loves chocolate after supper, or anytime. Just like her auntie!

Sherrie said...

Did I lose my comment? that would make me quite sad.

But if I did, I basically said that I adore squash and will be trying the fried hashbrown style version! And that my chocolate monster would love the name of your blog, as do I!

Sherrie said...

This time it worked, so my first comment mustve been lost! Boo!

ellen b. said...

Looks like you have some great ideas there. How about just microwaving it with butter and brown sugar....
Enjoy the bounty!

Jenty said...

Lol, those are great ideas! You could also make a lasagne with it :) I make a killer butternut lasagne, and squash would be a good substitute.
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Daisy said...

Number 1, 3 and 4 sound delicious!

Ornery's Wife said...

Wow. That's a great list, and I LOVE squash! Ornery, however, isn't so fond of it... Wish I had a gardening friend to share with me!
TM

Sarah said...

Ooh these sound yummo! I just discovered my love for squash this year, so now I'm going to have to google some recipes for these. Great TT!

Babystepper said...

In the "not eating them" category, my mom used to make us baby dolls out of squash. (Acorn squash sized.) She'd draw faces on them with marker and hair and such, and we'd wrap them up in blankets and play with them for a few days until they got soft spots.

jehovahroi said...

lots of great ways to cook squash and i love the door stop idea! i love squash - especially patty pan but i haven't been able to find it here in NJ - i could take the initiative and try to grow it, but i've never had luck with gardens or growing things...

mom huebert said...

oops-- I said hubbard; I meant butternut. They are some enormous version of a butternut-type squash.

colleen said...

What I live about squash is that they last so long, a good winter staple storer.

Love the last one best. My brother used to use pieces of potato for his pop gun.

Alasandra said...

I like to Julienne squash and put it in spaghetti sauce. It's a sneaky way to get my kids to eat it.

Thanks for visiting my TT.

GuitarGeek said...

Hey, now. To all of you mothers who are scared of spud guns, I say let them boys have fun! I made my own at 16 and I'm still hale and hearty with no damage to various endanger-able extremities. Besides, once you see how far a squirt of hairspray will send a potato, you'll realize how "stunning" a hairdo can be.

vixensden said...

Those are some great ideas I hadn't thought of. Thanks for sharing something I can really use.

I remember when the kids were little, spud guns were great fun.

Happy TT and thanks for visiting.

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cajunvegan said...

I love spaghetti squash. It's a tasty low-fat alternative to pasta once in a while.

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Happy TT!

Danielle said...

Mmmm. I love squash! I'm a southerner, so we slice 'em and fry 'em, but baked, sauted, broiled, even the mashed...they all sound good!

I don't know if I could cook one that big though! I hate chopping!

Siani said...

You have some very inventive recipes there. I've never tried squash, as it's not commonly available here in the UK. Thanks for the visit. Happy TT!

Joyismygoal said...

did you make all those? Was it that big?

Rebecca said...

Mmmm, squash...

mom huebert said...

joyismygoal-- I hadn't thought about it, but yes, we made all these recipes, feeding six-seven people each time, and we only used up one squash and half of another! They're huge! In fact, even though I said they weighed ten pounds, Hubby is inclined to say they are closer to twenty. We'll be eating squash all winter...

Greatfullivin said...

We love squash at our house. It is very good cooked on the grill with olive oil and garlic/ or butter and brown sugar with nutmeg.

Colleen said...

thanks for stopping by earlier!

I've been pureeing squash for my baby and he LOVES it!...these sound like some other good ideas for the rest of the family!

YummY! said...

I've had squashed sliced and fried, but not hashed before. Hmmm....I'll have to try that one.

Unusually Unusual Mom said...

YUMMY! OK - my favorite way to eat swuash is sliced in thin rounds, breaded and deep-fryed - like fried okra or like you would cooka chicken fried steak! Don't cook them too long or the squash will get tough. Zuchini is fantastic that way too! (Dip it in a little homemade buttermilk ranch dressing - yummmm!!)

OK - NOW I'm hungry!

Sniz said...

Wow! Look at all these comments!

This makes squash sound yummy! Makes me want to try it!

Marilyn said...

I'm not fond of squash, but I've done it the soup with potatos, and I like it that way... pureed with some sour cream.

Christine~AreWeThereYetMom said...

Mmmmm...we love squash. With a little brown sugar and melted butter, delicous.

The fried as hashbrowns sounds interesting as does, adding it to mac and cheese. I wonder if I snuck it on the kids if they would notice! :)

Thanks for all the great ideas!
Hope you had a wonderful New Year and Happy TT!

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HomeandHearth said...

Thanks for stopping by my TT!

Your is really interesting :) I'm not a big fan of squash, but using it in the "spud gun" (I've always heard potato gun) sounds like fun!

(I saw in your profile that you play the fiddle. I am soooo jealous.)

e-Mom said...

Sorry to be so late in stopping by for T-13. You have quite a fan club here!

Your "hash brown" idea is fantastic. I'll try it.

Funny, I had a bowl of butternut squash soup topped with a dollop of plain yogurt for dinner tonight. Delish.

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