These are delightful winter beauties… you fall in love when you go to the winter remains of the farmers market with the variety of pumpkins and squashes. I am not much for decorating with them so just want to find the ones that are delicious to cook
Sweet Dumpling Squash – the sweetest of them all! This has a whiteish skin with green stripes. The sweet, tender orange flesh makes this absolutely delicious to feed your soul.
I baked the squash in the oven, cutting around the stem of the sweet dumplings and removing the top. Scoop out the seeds and pulp, and then baking until tender.
Stuffing this squash takes it to another level. I have used mushrooms and farro as the key ingredient and flavored it with Ras el hanout spice blend, thyme, garlic and cilantro. Farro s a type of ancient wheat grain that is found in many Mediterranean, Ethiopian or Middle Eastern cuisines.
While the squash roast you can prepare the filling which is sautéed mushrooms with garlic and thyme. I added the cooked farro with a generous topping of cilantro, mint and lemon juice.
The icing on the cake is the creamy poached egg on top.
Sweet dumpling squash with Ras El Hanout and Farro
Deliciously sweet quash flavored with Ras El Hanout and stuffed with mushrooms and farro
- 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms (roughly chopped)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 4 -5 sweet dumpling squash
- 2 tsp thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon Ras el hanout ( Moroccan spice blend)
- 3 garlic cloves – crushed
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro or parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped mint
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup cooked farro
- Pink Salt and Pepper
- Combine Grapeseed oil, Ras el hanout, 1 tsp thyme, salt and pepper and set aside
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut off the tops of the dumpling squash, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. . Rub the insides with the oil mixture.
- On a sheet pan, place the squash cut-side down and roast in the oven 30 to 35 minutes, or until browned on the outside.
- Add coconut oil to a pan and add garlic. Saute for a min and add the mushrooms
- As the mushrooms continue to sweat add the thyme, salt and pepper.
- Cook until the mushrooms are tender
- Cook the Farro per instructions. I used the 10 minute farro.
- Mix the Farro with the mushrooms and with a generous topping of cilantro, mint and lemon juice.
- Fill the squash with the mixture, top with a poached egg and serve.