Hubbard squash is a type of winter squash that grows to a large size and has a thick skin. Its inner flesh is edible and many people find that it tastes similar to pumpkin. It can be baked, steamed, or boiled and can be used in a number of recipes. Some of the most popular ways to serve Hubbard squash are mashed, in pies, in soups, seasoned and baked, or it can be used to make less common dishes, such as a souffle or risotto. A dish made with this variety of squash may be sweet or savory depending on the ingredients and seasonings used.
During the fall and winter months, Hubbard squash can be used to make a sweet pie. This kind of dessert is typically similar in taste and texture to pumpkin pie, usually with undertones of cinnamon. The pie is commonly topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
After being cooked, Hubbard squash is tender. This texture makes the squash a good option for a mashed side dish. In such a recipe, cooked squash can be combined with butter and cream and then mashed with a potato masher or electric mixer. This dish can be either sweet or savory. Squash mashed with brown sugar and cinnamon will be sweet, but, when mashed with salt, pepper, and savory herbs, it becomes a much different tasting vegetable.
The cooked flesh of a Hubbard squash can also be combined with other ingredients to make a soup. Many recipes for squash soup are cream-based, which usually makes for a smooth and rich soup. There are many different recipes for this type of dish, and the squash pairs well with a variety of ingredients and seasonings.
This type of squash can also be simply baked and served. Hubbard squash often grows very large in size, so it may be purchased and cut into smaller sections so the flesh can be removed and cubed. A small squash may be cut in half, seeded, and baked with the flesh side facing up. It can be drizzled with olive oil and them seasoned with salt, pepper, and herbs, or coated with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Risotto, a creamy rice dish, can be made with Hubbard squash. The tender cooked squash is a good addition to the texture of a risotto. A squash souffle is a delicate dish that incorporates the flavor of squash in a light and airy egg-based recipe. Cooks should note that a souffle requires careful baking to prevent it from collapsing in the oven.