Monday, 8 November 2010

Spaguetti Squash

I mentioned last Friday that we'd brought back lots of goodies from our short break on the North Norfolk coast. One of those was a spaghetti squash. I was quite intrigued by this average looking squash, seeing what I'd heard about its insides. Because it was indeed a revelation. I can see how it may not be to everybody's taste, but if you do find one to buy, jump on the opportunity and have it like we did, with roasted chicken breasts.

It all started with this. On a bit of foil, pricked all over with a knife.


After an hour in the oven, 180degrees (fan), it looked like this. Not much different really, but wait till you see inside...


Now scoop out those seeds and save for later - please don't throw them away!


And now scrape out the amazingly stringy (in a good way!) flesh... and yes, do call over your significant other to come and have a look, because it is simply amazing!!!


Add a bit of salt, pepper and a knob of butter...


And finally, dish up with roasted chicken breast (I should add, the chicken was roasted with herbes de provence and paprika; an onion and 4 garlic cloves were also added to the dish; the squash was mixed with the juices from the chicken and the garlic at the end to give it some extra oompff).


Totally lush, honestly. Both Boyfriend and I were pleasantly surprised. This was much more tasty than the pumpkin was had last week, which was slightly too watery for us. Anyway, it's not finished!! Remember those seeds? Well, here they are washed, with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika.


They were then roasted in the oven for 30min at 160degrees fan. Totally gorgeous. I may or may not eat the whole lot in one go when I get home tonight. Honestly, I'll need something to cheer me up after having got soaked on my way into work this morning.

And as a side note, my dear train company, it is NOT acceptable for trains to be delayed just because it's raining. Surely it's something we should be used to, living in England and all. Just saying.

9 comments:

The Girl said...

Wow that's so weird looking! (In a good way obvs)

That plate with the chicken on it looks absolutely to die for.

Jill said...

This dish sounds totally delicious -mmmmmmmmm.

(I'm not so sure about eating the seeds tho).

I'll definitely be giving this one a go.

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Jill x

Dragonfly said...

I love squash of all kinds - both to look at and to eat. I used the one that came in my veg box last week in a garlicky, oniony soup and it was delicious!

A Thrifty Mrs said...

That sounds really good. We're getting a lot of squash in our veg box at the moment so I think we're going to give it a go!

Ana said...

Glad the squash worked out for you, but the seeds look a much better bet to me :¬)

wildmag said...

Looks delicious! All of it.

The Curious Cat said...

I really want to eat that... all of it...eating cauliflower cheese right now but it is shop bought and looks lame in comparison...xxx

Christine said...

I love spaghetti squash! I always save and roast the seeds too! I have never thought to use paprika, its usually some olive oil and sea salt. The squash is very good under some spaghetti sauce too, as a replacement for the pasta. You can also poke holes in a whole squash and microwave it. Timing depends on the size of the squash, maybe 10 minutes for a small or medium squash.

Clara said...

Good stuff here. I've been enjoying what I've been reading!