Mashed potatoes squash is a healthier alternative to its namesake. It tastes the same and is fulling packing fewer carbs.
This side dish is very easy to make and has a mild potato-like flavor. Mashed potato squash is bright white in color and is used to make mashed potatoes. It tastes like a hybrid between potatoes and sweet potatoes. Some squash is naturally sweeter, while some have a mild flavor.
Its texture is creamy and it tastes just like classical mashed potatoes.
How to Prepare Squash for Baking?
Potato squash is sometimes hard to cut because of its thick skin. So, before baking, here are some tips to help you prepare the squash to make the dish:
- Cut the stem of the squash. Don’t try to cut the stem itself because it’s very hard. Just cut at the base of the stem. The end should be flat.
- Cut the other end of the squash, the bud end. It’s the pointy end. When you are done, you will have two flat ends.
- Stand the squash on a cutting board and cut from top to bottom.
- Now, remove the seeds by scooping them using a spoon. They are much like melon seeds.
Mashed Potato Squash Recipe
Try this baked recipe to make a fluffy and creamy side dish that is similar to its namesake.
- The baking time may vary depending on the size of the squash. So, make sure to check with a fork if the squash is tender or not.
- Place the cut-side of the squash down while baking. It will keep the squash moist.
- Feel free to add garlic powder or seasoning to the squash while baking to give it more flavor.
- Make sure to brush a generous amount of oil on the cut side of the squash so it doesn’t stick to the parchment paper.
Here are some recipes that you can serve with this side dish:
Frequently Asked Questions
How many carbs are in mashed potato squash?
1 cup of mashed potato squash packs about 22g of carbohydrates. The number of carbs will increase if you are adding butter to the recipe.
How do you know when mashed potato squash is ripe?
The fruit is ripe if the stem is dry and brown. Try to mark the squash with your thumbnail, and if it doesn’t get marked, it means it’s ripe.
Can you eat mashed potato squash seeds?
Yes, the seeds of the squash are edible and have a lot of nutritional value. You can dry them and add them to recipes.
Can you eat the skin of a baked potato squash?
Yes, squash skin is edible, but like a banana peel, it’s not the same. Some squash has a soft peel that is tasty and tender. While others have tough skin that stays chewy even after being cooked.