Baked Cushaw Squash with Raspberry Sorghum Sauce Recipe

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Baked Winter Squash Recipe Cushaw with Rasberries

Winter Squash with Red Raspberries – Warm and Sweet

Honoring Mountain Traditions

Baked Cushaw is an Appalachian classic. If you are not familiar with our ancient winter squash, check out my explanation Just What is a Cushaw?

To bake a cushaw, takes a bit of work. The squash can weigh upwards of 10 pounds. For this recipe, there is no need to peel. We usually break the cushaw down by halving, cleaning out the “stringy guts, saving the seeds for next year, then cutting (hacking) into uniform sized pieces. I like them angular, for interesting visual appeal.

I usually bake off the entire cushaw. What is not used in this recipe is scraped from the hull, pureed, and frozen for upcoming culinary adventures. The cushaw can be used in the same manner as you would use pumpkin. Appalachian bakers have long preferred cushaw pie to pumpkin pie for its unique flavors.

For this recipe I used a very special flavored olive oil from Stuartos which has a blood orange infused. The puree from this will be used in other sweet confections. If you wish for flavor neutral, use vegetable oil that is organic and non-gmo.

I hope you will seek out cushaws at your local farmers market. If you have room for sprawling vines that are low maintenance and resistant to a number of vine pests grow cushaws in your heirloom garden next year.They are a giggle.

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.