Different Ways to Spice Up Your Winter Squash
Winter squash is one of the most delectable delicacies for the Winter culinary palette. There are many different types of Winter squashes, including Pumpkin, Spaghetti Squash, Red Kuri and Kabocha. These types of squash are hearty and sweet in flavor. They conjure up memories of cold Winter nights and warm Winter meals. While these are some of the finest assortment of foods in the culinary palette, their deliciousness relies in many parts on the spices with which they are seasoned. There are a number of ways to spice up your Winter squash dishes, as listed below.
Make it Spicy
This one is a simple strategy – make your Winter squash spicy. You can do this using dry spice ingredients like Cayenne pepper sprinkles on top while baking or black pepper used in abundance mixed into the hollow of the squash. Additionally, it is possible to use bulk peppers to spice your dish. You may choose to simmer whole jalapenos or cayenne peppers in cooking oil on the stove. You may then coat the squash in this cooking oil and allow it to marinate as you would with chicken. Either way, be sure to bake the spicy flavor into the meal in the oven.
Sweeten Your Pallette
One of the most lovely ways to add flavor to your squash dish is with the addition of fruit. You may choose to add fresh fruit such as oranges in the baking dish while you bake this seasonal vegetable. You may even choose to drench the squash in orange juice or even apple juice, allowing it to absorb all of the sweet flavors. It is advisable to use fruits that are seasonal to the squash, such as the Fall fruits apples, oranges, and dates. Another idea is to set your squash in a pool of fruit juices, then cover the dish before baking so that the juices evaporate into the squash vegetable.
Decorate Your Squash
There are a number of different edibles that can be used to decorate the squash, making the process of eating quite beautiful. You can add cloves to the exterior of the squash by poking them into a butternut squash. You can also sprinkle our brightly colored Spice Station Spices like cayenne or Mustard on top of the squash for a celebratory appearance.
This holiday season, there are so many ways to take your Winter squash dish from drab to fabulous by using certain cooking methods. You can make your dish extra spicy with Jalapeno and Cayenne peppers. You can sweeten your dish with natural fruits and fruit juices to create a candy-like taste. You can even make your squash dish appear very elegant by decorating with colorful spices.
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Are you a vegan cook? Here are all the must-have spices for vegan cooking!
Spices For Vegan Cooking
Tumeric has a slightly peppery, ginger flavor. You can use it fresh or in the most common form, powder. It’s mainly used in Thai and Indian dishes. It has health benefits too like fighting inflammation.
Cinnamon is used in many different types of dessert dishes especially in fall and winter ones. It’s great to pair with sweeter foods like fruits, but it also adds flavor to teas and even bread. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help stabilize blood sugars as well.
3. Red Pepper Flakes
Red Pepper Flakes are commonly used in Spanish and Italian dishes and are known for their extra kick of spice. They are full of antioxidants, help with suppressing appetite, boost your metabolism, and help in inflammation.
Cumin is extremely popular when it comes to spices for vegan cooking. It has an earthy flavor and is used commonly in Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern dishes. It has health benefits like being a source of iron, magnesium, and helps with digestion.
Garlic may be a basic ingredient for cooking, but it adds a ton of flavor to any dish. You can mince it fresh from cloves or use the powder. It has tons of health benefits beginning with vitamins, helping with colds, and reducing blood pressure.
As you can see, adding these must-have spices to your dishes will improve on any recipe and even gives you some added health bonuses. Hopefully, this list helps you when you make your next trip to the grocery store and you will have an idea of what spice to buy based on the dish you are making. For more information check out this video.