Hubba, Hubba, Hubbard Squash: How to Cook this Giant Squash
The interior of this winter squash is bright orange in color, sweet in flavor, and has a fine-grained texture, which can be a bit dry.
What is Hubbard Squash?
The flavor of Hubbard squash is a combination of sweet potato meets pumpkin, which makes it perfect in pies and soups. Though high in sugar, this squash can sometimes be mealy, which means it is best pureed. You can also mash the flesh like potatoes and mix into casseroles or combine it with wild rice or other whole grain side dishes. Like other squashes, the Hubbard is packed with vitamins A and C, and has plenty of dietary fiber and almost no fat.
How to Choose the Right Hubbard Squash
Somewhere between a sweet potato and a pumpkin, these behemoths of the squash world can weigh anywhere between five to fifteen pounds. When choosing a Hubbard squash at the market, pick one that is heavy for its size with a matte skin (not glossy). They are often sold already cut into pieces, which makes cooking with this large squash an easy job. They are typically available fall through mid-winter.
A Tough Nut to Crack
Probably the largest squash you'll find at the market, its hard skin can be tricky to work with. The best way to crack open a Hubbard squash is to (carefully) whack it with a heavy-duty meat cleaver. Some grocery stores will sell pieces already quartered (so you don't have Hubbard squash for days). We've even heard of folks putting these squash in a sack and dropping them from a decent height onto the hard ground.
Cooking Hubbard Squash
The flesh of Hubbard squash can be substituted for almost all other varieties of winter squash, which makes it ideal for both cooking and baking. Because of its tough rind, Hubbard squash is most often cooked in its skin. To roast, place your piece of squash, flesh-side down, on a baking sheet in the oven. After baking, scoop the cooked flesh from the skin and puree or mash it.
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