Roasted Carnival Squash Slices are a great way to enjoy the many winter squash variety. This recipe is quick, tasty, and pairs well with many thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes.
Why you’ll love this recipe
It offers a nutty and slightly sweet flavor.
The dish is easy to make and, thus, a great choice for the holiday season.,
If you are a fan of fall squashes like me, then you should try my fail-proof breakfast stuffed acorn squash.
Carnival squash: The main ingredient used for this recipe is carnival squash. Choose the one that is firm to touch and without any bruises.
Olive oil: drizzle olive oil as it will make the slices crispy and allow them to cook to perfection.
Italian seasoning: It adds aroma and flavor to this recipe.
Garlic powder: It adds a garlicky and savory flavor to this dish.
Cheese: you can use either Gouda, gruyere, or Parmesan for garnishing
How to cook carnival squash
- Cut ¼ of an inch off the stem and bottom with a sharp knife. Then, cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seed
- Place half the squash flat side down, and cut about an inch. Repeat with the other half of the squash.
Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
- Arrange the squash on a baking sheet
- Brush with oil mixture
- Bake, then sprinkle with cheese and broil.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
When making roasted carnival squash slices, keep these points in mind:
• Choose a squash that is firm to touch.
• Always ensure the carnival slices are sliced evenly. It is crucial for even cooking.
• You can adjust the flavors according to your liking.
• Serve it with our favorite salad or sautéed vegetables.
How to roast carnival squash seeds
Roasting carnival squash seeds are super easy. All you have to do is remove the seeds from the squash and rinse them in water to eliminate any pulp.
Drain the seeds and let them dry by placing them on a kitchen towel. Now place them in a bowl, drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle salt.
Toss so that everything is well incorporated. Spread them on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for15 minutes at 275°F.
Here is how you can add more flavor to this simple dish:
• Balsamic maple glaze: Prepare a balsamic maple glaze using balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard to add flavor to the squash.
• Sweet and spicy: You can also use a combination of brown sugar and cayenne powder for a sweet and spicy flavor, like this sweet and spicy acorn squash made with adobo sauce.
• Sweet: Enjoy sweet and warm flavors of maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
• Mexican version: Add a Mexican touch by using fajita seasoning or paprika, cumin, etc., for added flavor.
You can store the leftover slices in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven. Also, you can freeze roasted slices by placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Simply reheat them in the oven until they are done.
You’ll need a bowl, a rimmed baking sheet, and an oven.
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Roasted Carnival Squash Slices
- 2 medium Carnival squash (about 3.8lbs)
- 3 tablespoons Olive oil
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste (I used a teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper)
- ½ teaspoon ground garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup shredded Gouda (gruyere or Parmesan works fine)
- preheat the oven to 400 °F
- Line two large baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. Set aside
- Wash the squash with warm water and soap. Cut ¼ of an inch off the stem and bottom with a sharp knife. Then, cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and content from the cavity using a metal spoon. Place one-half of the squash's flat side down on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut thin slices perpendicular to the length of the squash (about 1-inch). Repeat with the other half of the squash.
- Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
- Lightly spray the lined baking sheet with cooking spray
- Arrange the squash in an even layer over a rimmed baking sheet leaving at least an inch apart.
- Brush the oil mixture over the squash, covering each side.
- Place the sheets at least 8” away from the top heating sauce (middle rack)
- Bake for 18 minutes or until the squash is fork tender, switching the pans halfway through.
- Turn off the oven and set it on broil (High).
- Using a kitchen tong, flip the squash slices, then sprinkle them with cheese.
- Broil for 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts, then remove from the oven.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Choose a squash that is firm to touch.
- Always ensure the carnival slices are sliced evenly. It is crucial for even cooking.
- You can adjust the flavors according to your liking.
- Serve it with your favorite salad or sautéed vegetables.
Frequently Asked Questions
Carnival squash has a nutty, buttery, and slightly sweet flavor that resembles that of butternut squash.
Yes! Maybe a little crunchier compared to potatoes. When you roast carnival squash, its skin becomes peppery as it is very thin. Make sure to wash the whole squash before prepping to remove any dirt.
Carnival squash and acorn squash are closely related. A carnival squash comes from the cross of sweet dumplings and acorn squash. Carnival squash is smaller than acorn squash and has a more nutty and buttery flavor.
Slicing Carnival squash is super easy. Divide the squash in two using a sharp knife, scoop out the seeds and slice the squash.