How to cook enormous unidentified hard squash?
As you can see, this is a big'n.
The butternut is in the pic as a point of reference.
I heard someone say he made one into a sort of apple pie filling, though I don't know how he did so.
First of all, do you know what type of squash this is?
More importantly, any cooking advice?
I could place it on a sheet pan, prick holes, and bake.
Or, should I attempt to cut it into large pieces and then bake?
Perhaps the sheer size of the thing has me befuddled but I am at a loss.
Thanks for any help!
Having trouble with the photo. I've added it in my reply to myself. Sorry!
In general, I would cut hard squashes into manageable chunks and steam them in a steamer pot with the skin on. Once tender, I scoop out the flesh.
As for what kind of squash it is, I haven't seen that before. Maybe steam it, then taste it? If it's sweet, try a puree pie like pumpkin pie style. If it's savory, you can make a soup, make a sauce...
That just might be an inedible gourd. Definitely cut it up so you can see what it looks like. I much prefer roasting to steaming, because it removes excess moisture, sweetening and deepening the flavor. If it's too hard to peel, you can hack it into fairly uniform slices/chunks, toss with oil, S&P, the roast skin side down and just leave the skin behind when eating. You can always turn the leftover squash into soup or use in a casserole.
That is a cushaw squash--I grew them last year. The flesh is lighter colored than the butternut, but they are delish, and lots of people use them for pie.
I like it mashed like potatoes, with butter and salt.
Be careful cutting it up--you might try baking it for half an hour or so to soften it up before cutting, seeding and finishing the baking.
Many thanks to you all! I'd never heard of sibley or cushaw.
Based on your good advice I will roast for a little while, then cut it up and continue cooking.
Thanks for the pie and soup suggestions. This baby will keep me busy for a while. :)
Thanks so much for helping. I'm always amazed by the knowledge and generosity found here.