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Ingredient of the Week: Acorn Squash

What is it?

This pumpkin-ish squash isn't just another one of those decorative gourds that people put out in their yard for fall festiveness, but a winter squash that produces sweet flesh all year long. Bright-orange in color on the inside, it contains beta-carotene, plenty of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and other essential nutrients.

Acorn squash can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to three months without breaking down, hence its popularity in the winter months.

What is it used for?

It's used as a side dish - baked, mashed, steamed, basically any way besides grilled (although someone has probably done that at some point too). It can also be used in risottos, stews, soup and in place of sweet potatoes, because it has a soft texture and sweet flavor.

Where can I find it in Houston?

Any grocery store with a decent produce section. Look for acorn squash between one and three pounds, green in color with bits of orange throughout, with no soft spots or dull skin.

Recipe:

Roasted Acorn Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza: Courtesy of the Smitten Kitchen

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