'Round We Go! Five Ways to Enjoy Globe Squash
Discovering new and interesting produce at your farmers' market is what it's all about. Globe squash is one of those wonderous finds. Yes, summer squash comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but these delightful round squash are so cute that you have to take home a bag and play with some recipes. They are also commonly called roly poly's and 8-ball squashes.
The size, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter, is perfect for single servings. The skin colors range from dark striped green, speckled green and yellow, and jade green, to deep yellow and pale yellow/white, and are entirely edible. The flesh is a pale green to greenish white with small edible seeds.
This firm flesh has a mildly sweet squash flavor like a zucchini. It is a lovely squash to cut in half to form little cups to fill with good things like rice, sausage and onions. Fill with cheeses or orzo and herbs. It's all good. You can get out the olive oil and saute with onions, roast with other squash varieties, or slice thinly and toss in a salad raw.
When picking out these little gems, look for somewhat shiny, firm skin with no cuts or blemishes (basically because they rot faster) and no soft spots. Stow in a cool dry place, but once cut, cover in plastic and put in the refrigerator for a few days.
5 Ways to Love the Globe!
Oh, Stuff It! Cut in half around the middle, then cut blossom ends so they sit straight up in a baking dish, and stuff with your favorite goodies - cheese, onions, breadcrumbs, sausage or ground beef - whatever. Drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven at 375 for about 20-25 minutes until softened and slightly browned.
Mix It Up! Roast on a sheet pan with other colorful squashes, mushrooms, and onion chunks drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Cook at 400°F for about 20 to 25 minutes, until softened and browned. Awesome!
Souper Good! Add globe squash to your favorite vegetable soup. Cut in chunks and add toward the end of your cooking time because they cook quickly.
Add Fire! Slice thickly and drizzle with olive oil, then toss on the grill for great caramelized flavor. Leave on for about 5 minutes, and then flip over for another couple of minutes. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan to turn it up a notch!
Veg It Out! Add to your favorite vegetarian chili or sauté with other vegetables for pasta dishes. The more veggies, the better!
Be sure to up your veggie intake this summer when summer vegetables are so very good! Try these delectible little globe squashes, along with other summer squash varieties. Enjoy!