A few years ago we were buying squash at Meijer when we discovered a type we had never seen before- kabocha. It looks like a small, green pumpkin. We took it home, looked up some ideas for preparing it online, and proceeded to make the BEST squash we had ever eaten. When roasted in the way I will describe below, it is salty, rich, creamy, and downright addicting. Be careful not to eat too much though... although the skin is perfectly edible, I have found out the hard way that eating too much of it is rather rough on the digestive system. Just sayin'.
I've noticed that every kabocha squash I make has a slightly different flavor, and some turn out a bit drier than others, some creamier than others, and so on. However, every time it has turned out DELICIOUS!
Roasted Kabocha Squash
1 kabocha squash (I can reliably find it at Meijer)
2 T coconut oil (or olive oil)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with foil.
Wash the squash. Cut the stem end off. Cut the squash in half down the middle. Scoop out and discard the seeds and pulp. Cut the squash into moon shaped pieces (approx. 1 in thick on the skin side, as pictured above).
Melt the coconut oil on a heatproof plate (or just pour olive oil onto a plate). Rub one slice of squash in the oil, then rub another piece of squash onto the first to distribute the oil onto both pieces. I know this sounds strange, but this is the method I've used since I starting make this squash and it works really well! Really, just get some oil on the squash however you want!
Place the squash slices onto the foil lined baking sheets and sprinkle with salt.
Roast at 400 degrees for 20 min., then remove from oven, flip the squash, and bake for about 15 min. longer. When it's done, the squash should be soft enough to easily cut or pierce with a fork. Enjoy! Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. In my opinion, it's just as good cold as it is freshly roasted!