Baked Delicata Moons


Tomorrow at 4am the bf and I will be waking up to drive down to Key West for our second Fantasy Fest adventure. We’re only staying for one night, which is plenty. Crazy costumed-mobs and drunken shenanigans lose its appeal after, oh, 13 hours or so.

The theme this year is A-conch-alypse (get it?) and we decided on post-apocalyptic sea creature costumes. So… at 24 hours away, my costume looks like I’m wearing crappy bondage with green bushes poking out. Nice. Real nice. Hopefully this doesn’t end in a 50 shades of fucked up disaster.

Bondage and conch shells aside, I’ve been hankering for some good ‘ol squash. One of the MANY reasons I love Delicata squash is that it’s so easy to prepare. I don’t have to peel it. It barely has to be spooned out. It’s conveniently small so I don’t have to lug around a heavy ass gourd in my bicycle basket (a huge plus) and the portion is just enough. Kind of like a personal pan pizza. Except a super small squash. Not to mention this squash is way more delicious and velvety than even Butternut squash, which is SO last fall anyway.

Dammit I love the simplicity of this recipe. You can even add a teaspoon of Grade B maple syrup, but I think it’s natural sweetness is perfect.


Baked Delicata Moons

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Baked Delicata Moons


  • 1 Delicata squash
  • 1 tbsp butter from grass-fed cows
  • 1 tsp Grade B maple syrup (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cinnamon to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the skin of the squash, getting in the creases of each ridge.
  3. Cut off both ends and then cut longways down the length of the squash.
  4. Taking a spoon, scoop out the stringy seeds.
  5. Then vertically cut 1/2 inch pieces, so the squash looks like half-crescent moons.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  7. Lay out each moon, and cover with melted butter, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon. Try adding the seeds for a nice crunch!
  8. After making sure each side is evenly coated, pop the tray in the oven for 25-30 minutes, flipping occasionally. BE GENTLE!


  1. Danny says

    Tried this the other night with steak and veggies. It was perfect! Agree that it is so much tastier than butternut. I’ll never buy that kind again.


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