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Acorn Squash Skin...

epicurgirl Nov 21, 2007 12:23 PM

I plan on making baked acorn squash and it just dawned on me that the skin may be inedible. Is it?

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    genie RE: epicurgirl Nov 21, 2007 12:31 PM

    Yes.

    1. paulj RE: epicurgirl Nov 21, 2007 12:33 PM

      One way of eating acorn squash is to bake the halves, or large pieces. Then season them (butter, brown sugar etc), and let the guests scoop out the flesh.

      Some other squashes have a thinner skin that can be eaten. Japanese recipes often call for peeling the skin in stips, for decorative purposes, and to leave as much flavor. The skin will still be harder than the flesh, so not everyone likes it, even in the thin skin versions.

      So for some squashes peeling, before or after cooking is a necessity. For others it's a matter of taste.

      paulj

      1. NYChristopher RE: epicurgirl Nov 21, 2007 02:56 PM

        Something I grew up eating ... and never once ate the flesh. Roast with butter and cinnamon, yum!

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          paulj RE: NYChristopher Nov 21, 2007 04:34 PM

          You need to indulge sometime and try the flesh :)

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          Val RE: epicurgirl Nov 21, 2007 06:40 PM

          Hmmm...interesting question...some say it's inedible but I roasted an acorn squash cut into eighths last weekend rubbed with olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper @ 425 for about 20 minutes...loved it so much that I DID eat it with the skin and it did not kill me...eating the skin was rather inconsequential to the flavor and I loved it so much that I bought another acorn squash tonight that I hope to roast tomorrow to include in our Thanksgiving feast. Just my 2 cents!

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