Recipe: Roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash

This small, mildly sweet-tasting squash resembles a miniature pumpkin with its top pushed in. It has cream-colored skin with green specks. Weighing only about 7 ounces, it has sweet and tender orange flesh and is a great size for stuffing and baking as individual servings. Sweet dumplings are tiny but great for roasting and presenting whole.

Sweet Dumpling Squash

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cut the squash in half, and remove the seeds and extra bits with a spoon.  Turn upside down, and poke some holes in the skin with a fork.  Turn it back over, and place each half into a baking dish filled with an inch or so of water.

In each squash half, put the following ingredients, sprinkling spices on the top edge, too:

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Bake uncovered on the middle oven rack for 40-45 minutes, or until tender.  Each half enthusiastically serves 1!

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