I have one more new recipe for you for an easy side dish that will freshen up the turkey or ham leftover dinners. It is nice enough for a special meal, like Christmas eve, but easy enough for a Tuesday night meal too. Acorn squash is easy to cook and has a fresh squash flavor, mild yet not sweet like a butternut.
An acorn squash is usually green, but one with a bit of orange is OK.
Cut the squash in half, using the natural contour makes that easy.
Inside it looks a lot like a pumpkin.
Remove the seeds and the center membranes. I lightly oil the cut surfaces with grapeseed oil (so it won’t add any flavor to the squash) to keep the edges from drying out.
Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add a pat of butter to each side.
Bake at 350ºF for one hour. The butter will be in a melted pool when you take them out of the oven.
Rake the flesh into the butter and mix up, like you were doing mashed potatoes.
If you like, add a few drops of White Truffle Oil for an extra dimension of umami flavor.
My Sweet Babboo likes his out of the shell.
Served with medallions of pork tenderloin, it is a nice meal.
I like serving it in the shell, adding just a bit of cracked black pepper with the truffle oil on mine.
Need some leftover ideas? Here are a few past posts to use up the last of the turkey. Starting off, this recipe uses a lot of little bits left over, with your leftover cranberry sauce and some barbeque sauce, you have a totally new meal. I used toast only because I didn’t have any sesame seed buns, but they are great with any kind of bread – Sloppy Toms with Cranberry Barbeque Sauce
Leftover Chicken or Turkey Mornay – a lighter version with the topping of mornay sauce and lots of cheese. It’s a great meal to use your individual au gratin dishes, but if you don’t have these, it works fine in a larger baking dish.
And I have more ideas for using leftovers in individual au gratin dishes in my post on Creative Leftovers. Using leftover pasta, you could add some turkey to this dish for an Italian Turkey with Penne.
Turkey Casserole for a Crowd – this recipe starts with a raw breast, but just substitute leftover turkey and feed a house full of company!
Using your stuffing/dressing and a waffle maker, freshen it up with a crunchy version that soaks up the gravy. See how to do that on my Delicious Ways with Leftover Turkey post from last year.
For more ideas, including a new recipe for a Turkey, Spinach and Rice casserole, see my post Leftover Turkey – A Cornucopia of Ideas. It also has links to some of my leftover pork recipes which would do very well with leftover turkey, like Enchiladas and Pot Stickers.
Do you like acorn squash? What’s your go-to leftover meal?
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